Alabamians have started heading to the polls today as they vote for president, a handful of statewide races and 11 proposed constitutional amendments. Long lines have formed at several polling precincts in Montgomery. The political experts are expecting state voters to turn out in large numbers similar to 2008.
Voting rights groups are bracing for potential headaches this election day. Activists point with particular concern to the tea party-linked True the Vote organization, which has pledged to dispatch thousands of monitors to polling places to guard against potential voter fraud. Activists say African-American and Latino polling places are particular targets of True the Vote. Voter confusion and potential problems with provisional ballots are other concerns.
A Montgomery woman has filed suit challenging two constitutional amendments that are on today's statewide ballot. Sandra Bell asked a judge Monday to black officials from certifying the vote on Amendments 9 and 10. Bell says the proposals violate the very state Constitution they seek to amend. She is representing the Alabama Association for Judeo-Christian Values. Amendment 9 would update a constitutional article on corporations. Amendment 10 could modernize language on banks, including removing mention of the gold standard.
A 19-year-old male is being held without bond in connection with a double shooting in October that left one man dead and another injured. According to Montgomery police, JaQuincy Croskey was arrested Friday and charged with one count each of capital murder, attempted murder and first-degree robbery. Croakey is accused of killing 59-year-old John Scroggins on Crouson Street on October 10th. Police said a 43-year-old male also was shot, but he survived. Authorities said the shootings stemmed from a possible robbery attempt. Croskey was ordered held without bond.