A breakdown of 14 amendments approved by Alabama voters


While the presidential race may have taken center stage on Tuesday, Alabama voters were presented with up to 14 additional ballot measures proposing changes to the Alabama Constitution, all of which were approved.

Ratified in 1901, the Constitution frequently sees amendments come Election Day, and now has over 900.

On Tuesday, some amendments were statewide while others were only seen in specific localities.

Below is a summary of the 14 approved constitutional amendments:

Amendment 1: Board of Trustees for Auburn University:

Establishes procedures to ensure that no more than three of the members of the Auburn University Board of Trustees shall have terms that expire in the same calendar year, and adds two at large members to the board.

Amendment 2: State Park funding

Protects money generated by and for state parks from being moved to other government functions. Also allows the state to use private vendors to run hotels and amenities at more state parks.

Amendment 3: Local rules governing amendments

Allows the state Legislature to decide by resolution if proposed constitutional amendments affecting a specific local area shall be voted on statewide or only in the affected county.

Amendment 4: Administrating county business

Authorizes each county commission in the state to establish, subject to certain limitations, certain programs related to the administration of the affairs of the county including controlling weeds, junkyards, litter and rubbish, noise, pollution, sewage and animal control without having to ask permission from the state Legislature.

Amendment 5: Separation of powers

Repeals and rewrites sections of the Alabama Constitution concerning separation of powers to modernize language — such as the removal of the phrase “to wit” — without making any substantive changes.

Amendment 6: Impeachment rules

Establishes that a two-thirds majority vote of the Alabama Senate is required to remove an impeached public official from office. Previously, no margin was specified for removal.

Amendment 7: Etowah County sheriff’s office

Requires employees of the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office — except for the chief deputy, chief of detention, chief of administration, chief of investigation, director of communications, and food service manager — be under the authority of the Personnel Board of the Office of the Sheriff of Etowah County.

Amendment 8: Labor and unions

Adds Alabama’s right-to-work law in the Constitution, stipulating that employers cannot require employees to join unions or pay union dues.

Amendment 9: Pickens County judge

Makes an exception in the age limit for judges to allow someone up to age 75 to be elected or appointed to the office of Judge of Probate of Pickens County.

Amendment 10: Calhoun County land

Prevents cities and towns outside Calhoun County from being able to exercise police jurisdiction within Calhoun County.

Amendment 11: Tax revenue

Allows cities and counties to sell certain property they own for less than fair market value if it is located in areas specially designated as suitable for certain major manufacturing facilities in order to incentivize the establishment and improve various types of manufacturing facilities.

Amendment 12: Baldwin County transportation

Authorizes the state Legislature to create a toll road and bridge authority for a city or town in Baldwin County and they would oversee the construction and operation of toll roads and bridges within the city or town. Also authorizes the authority to issue revenue bonds to finance the projects.

Amendment 13: Elected official age restrictions

Repeals age restrictions for elected and appointed officials, with the exception of judges. The provision would also prevent lawmakers from approving new age caps without voters’ consent.

Amendment 14: Budget, validating local laws

Validates hundreds of local laws passed under a now disputed legislative procedure.


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