The amendments which may change Alabama’s constitution

Myles Womack

Staff Reporter

mjw3@uab.edu




On Election Day voters in Alabama will be given the opportunity to cast their vote for many of the federal and state officials. There will also be four statewide constitutional amendments on the upcoming ballot this election. Here’s a guide to Midterms on November 6. 

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Amendment 1 proposes that a person’s religious beliefs cannot be affected by his or her political or civil rights. The amendment would allow for the display of the Ten Commandments may be displayed on public property. The amendment also specifies that no public funds can be used to defend its constitutionality.


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Amendment 2
proposes to recognize and support the rights of unborn children and the rights to life in all manners considered lawful. This makes no exclusions for women who are victims of rape or incest, or women whose lives are in detriment due to their pregnancy. The ambiguous wording could additionally allow for the state to outlaw invitro-fertilization, several forms of birth control, and could even allow for the criminal prosecution of women who experience miscarriages or stillbirths. The amendment also states that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion. Abortion is currently legal in all fifty states due to the landmark ruling of Roe v. Wade, however, if the Supreme Court overturns this ruling, passing Amendment 2 would make abortion illegal in the state of Alabama under all circumstances, as listed above.  

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Amendment 3 proposes changes to the make-up of the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama. First this amendment states that the Board of Trustees will continue to be made up of members of the congressional districts as constituted on January 1st, 2018. If Alabama loses a congressional district during the Census 2020 no changes will be made to the Board of Trustees. Second, the amendment will remove the State Superintendent of Education from automatically gaining membership on the Board. Third, this amendment will cut the requirement that members of the Board retire after their 70th birthday. 

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Amendment 4
proposes that if a vacancy in either the house of Representatives or the Senate occurs on or after October 1 or the third year of the quadrennium (four years), the seat would remain vacant until a successor is elected at the next general election. This means that if a legislative seat is open late in the term, the Governor would not call a special election to fill it. If this amendment is approved, it would prevent elections that decide a winner after the last legislative session of the four-year period. 

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