Understanding Morgan County local amendment 1: sheriffs pocketing prison money

Morgan County Votes
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When Alabamians get to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, voters in some counties will see local amendments on the ballot.

Here’s a look at what residents of Morgan County need to know about a local amendment they’ll see on the ballot:

On the ballot: PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating to Morgan County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to propose a local constitutional amendment to provide that effective beginning the next term of office the annual salary of the Sheriff of Morgan County would be $5,000 less than the annual salary of the chair of the Morgan County Commission and to provide that all allowances or amounts received by the sheriff for feeding prisoners would be deposited in a special account and used only for that purpose. (Proposed by Act 2018-92)

  • Vote: Yes/No

What it means: If passed, the amendment would put an end to local sheriffs being allowed to keep any money they have left over after providing food for the jail inmates in their custody.

Sample ballot

Click out the Morgan County sample ballot: Front side | Back side

Don’t live in Morgan County? Find your county’s sample ballot here.