|ALABAMA||9 Electoral Votes|
The state Republican party was so confident that it sent volunteers to neighboring Florida, a battleground state. Kerry's selection of a Southerner, Sen. John Edwards, did not help the Democratic ticket here, nor did the organization that state Democratic party chair Redding Pitt put together. Kerry fared worse than Gore had, obtaining roughly the same number of votes amid higher turnout.
The eleven counties Kerry won:
|Bush-Cheney '04||Kerry-Edwards 2004|
State Chair: Sen. Richard Shelby
Alabama Republican Party
|KE Chairman: Redding
KE State Director: Ted Hosp
Comm. Director: Doug Gillett
Office: 205 20th St. North, Birmingham
Alabama Democratic Party
Bush made a stop, although not part of the campaign:
Sept. 19, 2004 - touring damage from Hurricane Ivan, he walked the beachfront with officials and greeted first responders at Orange Beach Fire and Rescue Station 1 at Orange Beach, AL.
Laura Bush made a couple of
stops on July 14, 2004:
Edwards made one visit:
Aug. 17, 2004 - evening reception at the Summit Club in downtown Birmingham, AL (raised a reported $600,000 for the DNC); Edwards stayed in Birmingham overnight and left the next morning for New Orleans.
Birmingham News (10/24/04)
Mobile Register (09/26/04)
The TimesDaily [Florence]
The Gadsden Times
Montgomery Advertiser (10/?/04)
The Tuscaloosa News (10/24/04)
The Anniston Star (10/19/04)
The Decatur Daily (10/24/04)
Third Party and Independent
Ballot Access Note
Independent Alabama, an "alliance of voters crossing party and independent lines," coordinated a joint petition to help the third party candidates and Nader gather the 5,000 signatures required to appear on the ballot as independents (Sept. 6, 2004 deadline for filing petitions). However on August 18, 2004 Attorney General Troy King issued an advisory opinion stating that only one name could appear on a petition. (See: 2004-204 [PDF] from August 18, 2004; also 2004-106 [PDF] from March 30, 2004).
General Election Ballot
Access (from the Office of Secretary of State Nancy Worley "Presidential
Candidate Ballot Access Election 2004")
-To qualify for statewide ballot access, a political party must receive more than twenty percent (20%) of the vote cast in the state at the last general election.
-For other parties there is a petition process. File a petition by June 1 with the secretary of state containing at least 41,012 signatures of qualified electors. The number of petition signatures for statewide ballot access must equal or exceed three percent (3%) of the electors who cast ballots for the office of governor in the last general election. [§17-8-2.1]
-An independent presidential candidate must file a petition containing the signatures of at least five thousand (5,000) qualified electors of the state who must include their addresses on the petition to be valid. [§17-19-2(a) through (b)] All certificates and presidential petitions for independent candidacy must be filed with the Alabama secretary of state no later than September 6, 2004. [§17-19-2(b)]
Nader: Mark Leszkiewicz
Badnarik: James Hines
Cobb: Matthew Hellinger
Oct. 29, 2004 - speech at Cudworth Auditorium at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL.
Oct. 23, 2004 - addressed the League of the South's annual meeting in Montgomery, AL.
July 29, 2004 - at Homewood Public Library in Homewood; at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Montgomery; and at Satori Coffee House in Mobile, AL.
Copyright © 2004,
2005 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.
Party of AL