ENROLLED, An Act,
To amend Sections 17-16-1, 17-16-6, 17-16A-1, and 17-16A-3, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the presidential preference primary election; to change the date of the presidential preference primary election to the first Tuesday in February beginning in the year 2008; to include the separate and special presidential preference primary election in the definition of primary election; and to change the qualification date to coincide with the change of primary date.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA:
Section 1. Sections 17-16-1, 17-16-6, 17-16A-1, and 17-16A-3, Code of Alabama 1975, are amended to read as follows:
"A primary election, including a separate and special presidential preference primary election within the meaning of this chapter, is an election held by thequalified voters, who are members of any political party, for the purpose of nominating a candidate or candidates for public or party office.
"Presidential preference primaries and primary
Primary elections, except special primary elections and presidential preference primaries, held at the expense of the state or counties, shall be held on the first Tuesday in
When necessary, as provided in this chapter, a second or runoff primary
election shall be held on the last Tuesday in June following said
the primary election. Any second primary shall be held by the same
election officers who held the first primary, and be held at the same places
as the first primary election. No primary shall be held by any political
party except as herein provided. Primary elections herein provided for
shall be held at the regular polling places established for the purpose
of holding general elections.
"(a) Primary elections for the purpose of determining the preferred candidates for President of the United States shall be held
with the primary elections on the first Tuesday in June of on the first
Saturday immediately following the first Tuesday in February
each year in which a President is to be elected beginning in the year
"(b) Subject to rules and procedures of the political party of any such presidential candidate, the names of any candidates for delegate to the national conventions pledged to a presidential candidate shall be placed under his or her name and such delegates shall be elected in the primary election on the first
Tuesday in June Saturday immediately
following the first Tuesday in February of each year as
(c) The State of Alabama shall reimburse a county for all sums expended in holding and conducting the presidential preference primary as provided in 17-21-3. The provisions of Section 17-4-129 shall not apply to the election held under this section, and no payments shall be made to the judge of probate under the provisions of 17-4-138.
"In order to qualify the name of any person to appear on the ballot at a presidential preference primary, a petition or petitions in support of his or her candidacy
must shall be filed
with the state party chairman chairperson of the
appropriate political party, hereinafter referred to as "chairman,"
"chairperson," after March 1 of the year in which
90 days prior to the presidential preference primary is to be
held and before March 15 of that same year election. To comply
with this section, a candidate may file a petition or petitions signed
by a total of not less than 500 qualified electors of the state, or petitions
signed by not less than 50 qualified electors of each congressional district
of the state, in which case there shall be a separate petition for each
congressional district. The petitions shall be in such form as the chairman
chairperson may prescribe; provided, that there shall be a space
for the county of residence of each signer next to the space provided for
his or her signature. No signature may be counted as valid unless
the county of residence of the signer is provided. Each petition shall
contain an affirmation under the penalties of perjury that each signer
is a qualified elector in his or her congressional district or in
the state, as appropriate. The decision of the chairman
chairperson as to the regularity of the petitions shall be final."
Section 2. This act shall become effective on the first day of the third
month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise
Speaker of the House of Representatives
President and Presiding Officer of the Senate
House of Representatives
Senate 17-APR-06 Passed