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Be It Enacted by the Legislature of Alabama:
Section 1. Section 2 of Act No. 1856, H. 2614, Regular Session 1971 (Acts 1971, p. 3012), as amended relating to the board of registrars in any county having a population of not less than 52,500 nor more than 54,000 according to the most recent federal decennial census is hereby amended to read as follows:
“Section 2. Each member of the board shall receive ten dollars per day to be paid by the county, to be disbursed on order of the judge of probate for each day's attendance of the registrar upon the regular sessions of the board. For each visit to the senior high schools each member of the board shall receive twenty dollars per day to be paid by the county to be disbursed on order of the judge of probate.
“When approved by a majority vote of the county commission, members of the board of registrars may have their expenses paid to attend state and national association meetings."
Section 2. All laws or parts of laws in conflict herewith are hereby repealed and Act No. 908, Regular Session 1975, is hereby expressly repealed.
Section 3. The operation of this act shall be retroactive to October 7, 1975, and all actions taken and payments made pursuant thereto on and after that date are ratified and confirmed.
Approved August 18, 1976.
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Act No. 450
AN ACT To repeal Act No. 446, H. 228, 1957 Regular Session of the Legislature (Acts of 1957, Vol. I, p. 608; now appearing in Code of Alabama, Recompiled 1958, Title 13, Section 125(78)], entitled "To regulate further the cffice of solicitor of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama; creating a solicitor's fund for each county composing the circuit, and providing for the expenditure and use thereof." Be It Enacted by the Legislature of Alabama:
Section 1. Act No. 446, H. 228, 1957 Regular Session of the Legislature [Act of 1957, Vol. I, p. 608; now appearing in Code of Alabama, Recompiled 1958, Title 13, Section 125(78)], entitled "To regulate further the office of solicitor of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama; creating a solicitor's fund for each county composing the circuit, and providing for the expenditure and use thereof” is hereby repealed.
Section 2. This act shall become effective immediately upon its passage and approval by the Governor, or upon its otherwise becoming a law.
Approved August 18, 1976.
Act No. 451
Relating to Dallas County; to provide further for the conduct of elections in Dallas County wherein the use of voting machines has been, or shall be, authorized; to provide that the county governing body in regulating and providing for the use of voting machines in all elections in the county may, in the manner herein prescribed, divide any voting precinct of the county into territories, designate in each territory a voting center at which the qualified electors of the territory so designated may vote, and prescribe the number of voting machines to be maintained at each voting center; and to provide election officers for each voting center designated by the county governing body, prescribe the duties of such election officers, and fix their compensation. Be It Enacted by the Legislature of Alabama:
Section 1. This act shall apply to Dallas County.
Section 2. Unless a contrary intent appears from the context, as used herein, the phrase "county governing body” means the court of county commissioners, board of revenue, or other like governing body of Dallas County; the word "election" means any general, special, or primary election held in the county, including a district, municipal, county, state, or federal election; and the term "voting center" means any place in the county which the county governing body designates as a place where a voting machine or voting machines will be maintained or operated at elections.
Section 3. (a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (b), when the use of voting machines at elections in the county has been, or shall hereafter be authorized, the county governing body of the county shall have the authority to designate a voting center or voting centers in the county. The order so designating voting centers shall state (1) the location of the voting center and (2) the boundaries of the territory in which electors shall reside to be entitled to vote at said voting center. A copy of this order shall be posted at the courthouse door. The limitations prescribed by law as to the number of electors who may reside in a voting district shall not apply to a territory designated hereunder. All of the territory designated for a voting center shall be located in the same precinct; and the voting center designated therefor shall be located in the territory. The county governing body may by order abolish a voting territory and discontinue the voting center therein or may extend or restrict the boundaries of such voting territory and retain the voting center therein, or may subdivide such voting territory and designate an additional voting center therein. (b) Except as herein expressly provided, in designating voting centers and the territory for which they were established, the county governing body shall be subject to all other laws applicable to the governing body of a county, regarding the change or establishment of the districts of a precinct, including but not limited to the provisions of Article 6, Chapter 1, Title 17, Code of Alabama 1940, as amended.
Section 4. (a) The voting list of any territory which is furnished the election officers serving at the voting center designated for such territory shall contain the names of all qualified electors of the territory on a single roll; however, when the roll contains more than twenty-four hundred names the list of qualified electors of roll shall be divided into alphabetical sections of not more than twenty-four hundred names per section. Except as herein otherwise provided, the laws applicable to the preparation, distribution, publication and checking of qualified lists shall apply to the poll list of a territory for which a voting center has been established by the county governing body pursuant to authority hereby conferred. (b) No elector shall vote at any voting center other than the voting center of the territory of which he is a qualified elector, but any elector eligible to vote at a voting center may vote on any voting machine maintained at such voting center, upon presentation of the identification card issued to him by an election officer serving at such voting center.
Section 5. The county governing body shall determine the number of voting machines deemed necessary to serve adequately the voters at an election, taking into consdieration the nature or character of the election; provided, however, that at each election there shall be maintained at each voting center at least one voting machine for each six hundred registered electors, or fraction thereof, residing in the territory served by the voting center designated for said territory. At least twenty days prior to the time when the election officers for an election are required to be appointed, the county governing body shall in writing inform the officers whose duty it is to appoint said election officers of the number of voting machines which will be maintained at the respective voting centers during the forthcoming election; and the officers whose
duty it is to appoint election officers shall appoint the number of election officers for the respective voting centers required hereby to conduct elections in which the number of voting machines, shown in the statement of the county governing body, will be maintained.
Section 6. (a) For each voting center where only one voting machine is to be used, the election officials shall consist of an inspector, a chief clerk and two assistant clerks. For each voting center where more than one voting machine is to be used there shall be appointed one chief inspector who shall supervise the conduct of the other officials and the operation of the voting center, one inspector and one chief clerk, and for each voting machine to be used at such center there shall be appointed two assistant clerks. For each voting center where four or more voting machines are to be used there may be appointed two additional assistant clerks for each group of four voting machines or fraction theref. (b) The election officers provided for herein shall be appointed by the same officers that appoint other election officers. They shall perform all duties imposed on election officers by the general law and in addition thereto the following duties: one of the election officers shall be assigned to each section of the voting list and such election officer shall issue to each elector at the time he checks the name off the list of qualified electors an identification card, which shall be presented to the assistant clerk in charge of the voting machine and surrendered to him when the voter enters the voting machine. The identification cards shall each have printed on them the words "voter identification card”, and they shall contain a space in which shall be entered the signature of the election officer who delivers the card to the elector. The identification cards shall bear neither a number nor the name of a voter. Identification cards shall be procured by the same officer who procures other election supplies and shall be paid for from the same funds that the cost of other election supplies are paid. (c) The assistant clerk in charge of the voting machine shall require that each voter sign at the machine a poll list before he is allowed to enter the machine to vote. A separate poll list of persons casting challenged votes shall be kept by the officials. Poll list shall be signed or the name of the voter recorded as provided in Act No. 201 approved July 16, 1953, Section 175(1) Title 17 Code of Alabama 1940. (d) The chief inspector, inspector or chief clerk and no less than two assistant clerks shall certify on each statement of canvass form the certificates as provided in Sections 102 and 112, Title 17, Code of Alabama. The chief inspector, inspector or chief clerk shall certify on each statement of canvass form the total number of votes cast on all machines at the voting center and the total number of electors' names recorded on the poll lists at such voting center. Election officers provided for by this act shall be compensated for their services in the same manner and at the same rates provided by law for election officers where voting machines are used.
(e) It shall be the duty of all election officials to see that order is maintained in the polling place. The inspector shall see that the returns are filled out for each voting machine as required by law and delivered to the proper officials, and that the records of the election relating to each machine are enclosed respectively in each machine, and that the list of qualified voters, challenged ballots, and one copy of each challenged oath and any other records relating to the election in general are enclosed in an appropriate voting machine.
Section 7. The provisions of this act are severable. If any part of the act is declared invalid or unconstitutional, such declaration shall not affect the part which remains.
Section 8. The provisions of this act shall be supplemental to other laws regulating the designating of voting places and the division of voting precincts into voting districts and shall be construed in pari materia with such laws but such provisions of these laws as conflict with this act are hereby repealed.
Section 9. This act shall become effective immediately upon its passage and approval by the Governor, or upon its otherwise becoming a law.
Approved August 18, 1976.
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Act No. 452
Relating to counties having a population of not less than 27,900 nor more than 33,500 inhabitants according to the most recent federal decennial census; providing for the compensation of bailiffs in such counties.
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of Alabama:
Section 1. The provisions of this Act shall be applicable