Alabama Amendment Initiatives

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Alabama voters have voiced their opposition to the new national health care law.

State voters on Tuesday approved Amendment 6, which says no one in Alabama can be forced to participate in any health care plan.

The legislature approved the amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

That means the statewide vote essentially became an opportunity for voters to express their feelings on the federal law without having any impact on the law.

Alabama was one of five states with similar proposals on the ballot.

Alabama voters have decided to cut the pay of state lawmakers.

With 80 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Amendment 8 has passed with 67 percent of the vote.

The constitutional amendment reverses the pay raise the legislature gave itself in 2007. It bases the pay on Alabama's median household income.

It will reduce a legislator's typical annual compensation from $55,022 to $46,921, and it does away with the legislature's annual cost-of-living raises.

Voters defeated a measure to remove racist language from Alabama's Constitution.

With more than 70 percent of the votes counted, results showed about 62 percent of voters opposing Amendment 4 with a "no" vote.

The amendment would have removed language mandating poll taxes and separate black and white schools. A similar amendment failed within the last decade.

Black legislators and the Alabama Education Association opposed the amendment because it left in a 1956 amendment that declared that Alabama children did not have a right to a public education.

Alabama voters have approved a constitutional amendment that would make it harder for unions to organize workers.

Incomplete returns on Tuesday showed about 66 percent of state voters supporting Amendment 7, which would allow only secret ballots to be used on votes to allow unions to form in the workplace.

Supporters say the measure will prevent union organizers from harassing employees. Opponents said the amendment was aimed at stopping unions from organizing.

Here's a list of the amendments that were on the ballot:
Amendment 1 - Forever Wild Land
2,315 of 2,711 precincts - 85 percent
x-Yes, 1,092,211 - 75 percent
No, 369,076 - 25 percent
Amendment 2 - For General Obligation Bonds
2,315 of 2,711 precincts - 85 percent
x-Yes, 952,835 - 69 percent
No, 419,633 - 31 percent
Amendment 3 - Define Stockton Land District
2,316 of 2,711 precincts - 85 percent
x-Yes, 719,658 - 67 percent
No, 354,131 - 33 percent
Amendment 4 - Repeal Schools Poll Tax
2,316 of 2,711 precincts - 85 percent
Yes, 547,704 - 38 percent
x-No, 883,490 - 62 percent
Amendment 5 - Transfer Prichard Water
2,316 of 2,711 precincts - 85 percent
x-Yes, 748,793 - 69 percent
No, 339,731 - 31 percent
Amendment 6 - No Mandatory Health Care
2,316 of 2,711 precincts - 85 percent
x-Yes, 790,265 - 58 percent
No, 574,858 - 42 percent
Amendment 7 - Right to Secret Ballot
2,278 of 2,711 precincts - 84 percent
x-Yes, 846,422 - 66 percent
No, 438,710 - 34 percent
Amendment 8 - Repeal Legislative Comp
2,278 of 2,711 precincts - 84 percent
x-Yes, 885,931 - 67 percent
No, 428,745 - 33 percent
Amendment 9 - For Corporation Authority
2,278 of 2,711 precincts - 84 percent
x-Yes, 723,342 - 58 percent
No, 521,962 - 42 percent
Amendment 10 - Repeal Bank Authority
2,278 of 2,711 precincts - 84 percent
Yes, 640,789 - 54 percent
No, 539,231 - 46 percent
Amendment 11 - Lawrence Municipal Regulation
2,277 of 2,711 precincts - 84 percent
x-Yes, 673,493 - 66 percent
No, 349,526 - 34 percent


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