2012 ALABAMA MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS CALENDAR

Mobile GOVERNMENT

ELECTION INFORMATION


Important Election Deadlines for the Candidates for the
August 27, 2013 Election

 

2013 CITY OF MOBILE ELECTION CALENDAR

 

DISCLAIMER: This election calendar is provided as a service to candidates running in the general municipal election and those officials responsible for conducting the municipal election to be held on August 27, 2013, with a run-off on October 8, 2013, if necessary. Use of this calendar is at the sole risk of the candidate. It is the responsibility of the candidate or official to verify the dates on which forms are due. The City of Mobile disclaims any responsibility or liability for failure to comply with any filing requirement or any other election law.

 

References are to dates in the year 2013 unless otherwise indicated and all citations are to the Code of Alabama 1975. In most cases, the dates printed in this publication represent the final deadline for performing the listed duties. We urge candidates to accomplish these duties well in advance of the deadline.

 

August 27, 2012 First day candidates for municipal elections can begin to raise money. 17-5-7(b)(2). Under general law, there is no limitation on the amount an individual or corporation may contribute to the campaign of a person running for municipal office. 10A-21-1.03 and 10A-21-1.04.

 

NOTE: Once a candidate establishes a principal campaign committee pursuant to the Fair Campaign Practices Act, the committee must file monthly campaign disclosure reports pursuant to 17-5-8. The reports are due not later than the second business day of the subsequent month (example: monthly report for July is due August 2). During the month of the election, a report shall be required weekly on the Monday of the succeeding week for each of the four weeks before the election. 17-5-8. Forms are available from the probate judge, the Secretary of State, or the municipal clerk.  A person who fails to file a timely or accurately file any report shall be assessed a civil fine by Probate Court.

 

May 29 Last day a person can become a resident of the municipality and district and still be a candidate for election. Candidates must reside in the municipality and the district for a period of 90 days before the election. 11-46-25(g); 11-43-63.

 

July 2 Mayor gives notice of the election on the first Tuesday in July. 11-46-22(a).  Candidates may begin qualifying once notice is published. Qualifying forms are available from the municipal clerk. 11-46-22(a).  NOTE: The Fair Campaign Practices Act requires all candidates to file with the PROBATE JUDGE a list of from two to five persons who will serve as their campaign committee. Candidates may serve as their own committee, but must still file a form to this effect with the PROBATE JUDGE. THIS FORM MUST BE FILED WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS OF QUALIFYING TO RUN FOR OFFICE. THIS FORM MUST BE FILED REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE CANDIDATE HAS REACHED THE $1,000 THRESHOLD UNDER THE FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES ACT. Forms are available from the probate judge, Secretary of State or the municipal clerk. 17-5-4.

 

FURTHER, the Ethics Law requires candidates to file a statement of economic interests with the MUNICIPAL CLERK. THIS STATEMENT MUST BE FILED ALONG WITH THE QUALIFYING FORM. A candidate for municipal office may request a five day extension to file the statement of economic interests. The request must be made through the MUNICIPAL CLERK. The statement of economic interests must be filed with the MUNICIPAL CLERK within the five day extension. Incumbents do not have to file the statement of economic interests as they are required to submit an annual report which is on file with the ETHICS COMMISSION. 36-25-15.

 

July 16 Last day to qualify to run for municipal office. The qualifying form must be filed by 5:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time, with the MUNICIPAL CLERK. Forms are available from the clerk. 11-46-25(g).  Mayor must cause the printing of the ballots. 11-46-25.  Mayor must file a list of qualified voters with the clerk. If the mayor is a candidate in the election, the council must appoint a qualified person to perform this duty. Sections 11-46-36 and 11-46-37.

 

July 22 Last possible day for candidates to file with the PROBATE JUDGE a statement showing the names of their campaign committee. 17-5-4.  Last day for the clerk to forward candidate statements of economic interests to the Ethics Commission. 36-25-15.

 

July 23 Mayor must file a list of qualified voters with the absentee election manager. 17-11-5.  Last day for the mayor (or other person assigned to this duty) to deliver absentee ballots and supplies to the clerk. 17-11-5. NOTE: 11-46-32 requires the mayor to provide absentee supplies no later than 21 days before the election. The provision in Title 17 is a more recently adopted provision and should be followed instead.

 

August 2 Principal campaign committee must file a monthly campaign disclosure report for the month of July with the PROBATE JUDGE pursuant to 17-5-8.

 

August 5 Principal campaign committee must file a weekly campaign disclosure report with the PROBATE JUDGE pursuant to 17-5-8. Forms are available from the probate judge, Secretary of State or the municipal clerk.

 

August 12 Principal campaign committee must file a weekly campaign disclosure report with the PROBATE JUDGE pursuant to 17-5-8. Forms are available from the probate judge, Secretary of State or the municipal clerk.

 

August 12 Election School – VIA! Mary Abbie Berg Center, 1717 Dauphin Street  - 2:00 p.m.

 

August 13 Election School – Mobile Regional Senior Community Center – 6:00 p.m.

 

August 16 Last day to register to vote before the Municipal Election.

 

August 19 Principal campaign committee must file a weekly campaign disclosure report with the PROBATE JUDGE pursuant to 17-5-8. Forms are available from the probate judge, Secretary of State or the municipal clerk.

 

August 22 Last day for a voter to apply for a regular absentee ballot. 17-11-3(a).  Last day to publish the list of qualified voters. 11-46-36.  Electronic Voting Rule--Last day to conduct a training school for officials who will conduct an election using electronic voting machines. 17-8-9.

 

August 23 Last day for an absentee voter who is required to provide identification but failed to include it with the ballot to submit this identification to the absentee election manager by 5:00 p.m. to prevent the ballot from becoming a provisional ballot. 17-10-2(c)(1)(a).

 

August 26 Principal campaign committee must file a weekly campaign disclosure report with the PROBATE JUDGE pursuant to 17-5-8. Forms are available from the probate judge, Secretary of State or the municipal clerk. 

 

August 26 Last day for a voter to apply for an emergency absentee ballot if he or she is required by his or her employer to be out of the country on election day. 17-11-3(d).  The clerk, along with two watchers, must inspect and seal voting machines which will be used in the election beginning no later than 9:00 a.m. 11-46-33.  If an absentee ballot is returned by mail, it must be postmarked by August 27 and received by noon the day of the election.  The deadline for hand-delivery of absentee ballots is the close of business on August 27. 17-11-3(c), 17-11-18.

August 27 Election Day. Regular municipal elections are held on the fourth Tuesday in August. 11-46-2. Candidates may appoint a poll watcher to observe voting procedures in the polling place. The appointment must be made in writing, signed by the candidate, and filed with the election officials at the polling place. 11-46-35. NOTE: Section 11-46-28 provides that the polls be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and that a municipality may set those times under Eastern Standard Time if necessary. Changing to or from Eastern Standard Time would necessitate preclearance at least 60 days prior to the election. (June 29, 2012).

 

September 3 Commencing at noon the council must canvass the election results. 11-46-55. See also 11-46-46. If a candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for the office, the council issues a certificate of election. If no candidate receives a majority, the council shall order a run-off election to be held. ANYONE WITH STANDING TO CONTEST THE ELECTION MAY REQUEST A RECOUNT WITHIN FORTY-EIGHT HOURS OF THE OFFICIAL CANVASS OF THE ELECTION RESULTS. 11-46-55.1.

 

September 3 Principal campaign committee must file a monthly campaign disclosure report for the month of August with the PROBATE JUDGE pursuant to 17-5-8.

 

September 9 Last day a candidate may contest the results of the general election. 11-46-69.

 

September 16 Principal campaign committee must file a weekly campaign disclosure report with the PROBATE JUDGE pursuant to 17-5-8. Forms are available from the probate judge, Secretary of State or the municipal clerk.

 

September 23 Principal campaign committee must file a weekly campaign disclosure report with the PROBATE JUDGE pursuant to 17-5-8. Forms are available from the probate judge, Secretary of State or the municipal clerk.

 

September 30 Principal campaign committee must file a weekly campaign disclosure report with the PROBATE JUDGE pursuant to 17-5-8. Forms are available from the probate judge, Secretary of State or the municipal clerk.

 

October 2 Principal campaign committee must file a monthly campaign disclosure report for the month of September with the PROBATE JUDGE pursuant to 17-5-8.

 

October 3 Last day for a voter to apply for a regular absentee ballot. 17-11-3(a).

 

October 7 Principal campaign committee must file a weekly campaign disclosure report with the PROBATE JUDGE pursuant to 17-5-8. Forms are available from the probate judge, Secretary of State or the municipal clerk.  

 

October 7 Last day for an absentee voter who is required to provide identification but failed to include it with the ballot to submit this identification to the absentee election manager by 5:00 p.m. to prevent the ballot from becoming a provisional ballot. 17-10-2(c)(1)(a).

 

October 7 Last day for a voter to apply for an emergency absentee ballot if he or she is required by his or her employer to be out of the country on election day. 17-11-3(d).  The clerk, along with two watchers, must inspect and seal voting machines which will be used in the election. 11-46-33.  If an absentee ballot is returned by mail, it must be postmarked by October 8. The deadline for hand-delivery of absentee ballots is the close of business on October 7. 17-11-18.

 

October 8 Run-off Election Day. Candidates may appoint a poll watcher to observe voting procedures in the polling place. The appointment must be made in writing, signed by the candidate, and filed with the election officials at the polling place. 11-46-35.  Electronic Voting Rule-- Precinct counters must be tested according to the manufacturer's instructions to ensure that they are set at zero and to prepare the equipment for voting. Rules 307-X-1-.11.  Deadline for returning absentee ballots by mail or an emergency absentee ballot for a registered voter who requires emergency treatment by a licensed physician within 5 days of the election is 12:00 noon on October 8. 17-11-3(c), 17-11-18.

 

October 15 Commencing at noon the council must canvass the election results. 11-46-55. See also 11-46-46. ANYONE WITH STANDING TO CONTEST THE ELECTION MAY REQUEST A RECOUNT WITHIN FORTY-EIGHT HOURS OF THE OFFICIAL CANVASS OF THE ELECTION RESULTS. 11-46-55.1.

 

October 21 Last day a candidate may contest the results of the run-off election. 11-46-69.

 

November 4 Newly elected municipal officials take office on the first Monday in November following the election. 11-46-21(c). Council meets for its organizational session. 11-43-44.

 

December 25 Last day for candidates who were not involved in the run-off election to raise money to pay off their campaign debts. 17-5-7.

 

February 5, 2014 Last day for candidates who were involved in the run-off election to raise money to pay off their campaign debts. 17-5-7.