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February 25, 2021
Committee Considers Election on Mardi Gras
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Is it possible to throw a really big party and have an election on the same day?

That's the question that came before members of the House Constitution and Elections Committee today (Wednesday). The committee members were considering what to do about the fact that Alabama's new early presidential preference primary is scheduled next year on the final day of Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday.

It's a state holiday and major party day in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

The committee unanimously approved a bill that keeps the primary on February five 2008. But the bill sets up a procedure where most voters in Baldwin and Mobile counties will go the polls at their regular polling places almost a week early - on Wednesday January 30. The votes will be counted that night and the results sealed until the night of the primary.

The bill calls for one polling place in each of the two counties to be open on the day of the primary.

Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis says the legislation does not provide a perfect solution. But he says it will allow the state to keep the early primary and at the same time allow Mobile and Baldwin County residents to participate without shutting down Mardi Gras.

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