The general election results have been certified, and a reader writes:
As you can see, the statewide Amendment #1 will have to have an automatic recount so we won’t know the final additional amendment tally until later. Should the State send the bill for the recount to the delegates who drafted the 1901 Constitution?
I wish more Alabamians would think that email was funny.
Amendment 1 was to allow the City of Prichard to establish a Foreign Trade Zone. In Mobile County where Prichard is located, 59% of the voters supported the measure, but it looks like it will narrowly be defeated because the 1901 Constitution required the whole state to vote on this. Mark Berte of the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform Foundation sent out an email pointing this out, saying, “Again and again, the 1901 Constitution thwarts the will of the people.”