MONTGOMERY — The Alabama House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would prevent the State of Alabama from implementing any legislative changes to election procedure within six months of a general election.
The legislation, HB 388, is sponsored by Rep. Jim Carns (R-Vestavia Hills). Since the legislation proposes an amendment to the state’s constitution, it must be approved by a majority of Alabama voters if it makes it through the legislative process.
Carns said on the floor he felt the bill was necessary “to make sure we don’t have any slip-ups or any challenges of elections in the future.”
The bill comes as Republicans nationwide have expressed concern with the actions of states such as Pennsylvania, which continually tweaked its election procedures until very shortly before the general election in 2020.
The text of HB 388 that would alter Alabama’s law reads in its entirety:
The implementation date for any bill enacted by the Legislature in a calendar year in which a general election is to be held and relating to the conduct of the general election shall be at least six months before the general election.
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