Opinion | Alabama’s archaic voting laws hurt us all

Other states enjoy a variety of voting options, such as early voting and mail ballots, but Alabamians go without.

By Josh Moon

Nearly two-thirds of eligible Alabama voters sat at home during the 2022 midterm elections.

That’s embarrassing. And it should be cause for everyone involved in Alabama’s governance – from the people running elections to the people making laws to the people eligible to vote – to start exploring just why so many people aren’t participating and what can be done to improve those numbers.

Now, we obviously have a few answers already. The state is gerrymandered to such a degree that most of the mystery has been removed from general elections. There were roughly six competitive races in the past election cycle and some of those turned out to be not so competitive.

When incumbents are receiving upwards of 70 percent of the vote in their districts, regardless of their party, that’s too gerrymandered. It’s clear evidence that you’ve drawn voting maps in such a manner that candidates are choosing voters, instead of the other way around.

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