What's Happening in East Alabama!

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  House District 79 Republican Candidate Forum was held on August 22nd in Auburn. Click here for the O-A News coverage of trhe forum. We thank the candidates for participating, moderator Dr. Gerald Johnson for running the forum, and Spirit of Democracy and the O-A News for co-sponsoring the event.



 Attention: Opelika Residents

Thank you for voting on August 23rd! Mayor Gary Fuller and Ward 1 Councilwoman Patsy Jones were re-elected. No one in Ward 2 received a majority of votes so a Runoff Election will be held between candidates Tiffany Gibson-Pitts and Oscar Penn on October 4th in the Opelika Learning Center (formerly the Old Jeter School; 214 Jeter Ave.).

Media Coverage: Mayoral Election Results, Ward Election Results, General, Mayor, Ward 1 Race, Ward 2 Race

Contested races are as follows:

               Mayor: Gary Fuller (Incumbent) *RE-ELECTED

                            County Commissioner John Andrew Harris (Challenger)

               Ward 1: Patsy Jones (Incumbent) *RE-ELECTED

                             Greg Jones (Challenger)

               Ward 2: Larry Gray (Incumbent)

                              Tiffany Gibson-Pitts (Challenger) *RUN-OFF

                              Nelson Marsh (Challenger)

                              Oscar Penn (Challenger) *RUN-OFF

Wards 3, 4, and 5 are uncontested and the incumbents (Dozier Smith T, Eddie Smith, and David Canon, respectively) have been re-elected. Voters in these wards should still cast a ballot for mayor.

****Make sure you are registered! Go to AlabamaVotes.gov to check/update your registration.***

WARD LOCATIONS (Find yours here!)


Media Coverage for the Candidates for House District 79

(Special Election/Republican Primary on September 13th)

Forum Coverage: http://www.oanow.com/news/house-district-candidates-answer-questions-from-voters/article_9c0610ce-68e7-11e6-941a-b77498b9b29e.html

General Information: http://www.oanow.com/news/auburn/four-republican-candidates-qualify-for-special-district-election/article_44038862-4bae-11e6-b45c-6f261f2186d9.html

Campaign Financing: http://www.oanow.com/news/lovvorn-raises-the-most-cash-in-the-first-month-of/article_9d347990-5cf8-11e6-be3f-e36541c7b7f6.html

Alabama Lottery: http://www.oanow.com/news/auburn/district-candidates-eye-lottery-proposal/article_5e625334-56c9-11e6-bd99-4f096f75497d.html

Jay Conner, Republican




 Joe Lovvorn, Republican




Brett Smith, Republican




Sandy Toomer, Republican




General Election Candidates (November 29 or February 7, as necessary)

Republican: To be determined

Libertarian: Gage Fenwick




Other/Third/Minor Party: N/A at this time


Register To Vote on Your Phone or Online!

  • Are you a US citizen?
  • Will you be 18 years old on or before election day?
  • Do you have a valid Alabama Driver's license or nondriving ID? *

If so, download the mobile app (Vote for Alabama) to quickly and easily register to vote for the first time or to update your current registration due to address or name change. You can also go to AlabamaVotes.gov to register online.

* If you have another valid ID such as an out-of-state license, click here to download a registration form. Mail it in to the Board of Registrars in your county (addresses found on Page 3 of the downloaded form).

Correct address = better voting experience!


Valid Photo Voter ID is Required to Vote: What Do I Need?

Bring one of the following valid (unexpired) photo IDs when you go to vote:

  • Valid Alabama Driver’s License (unexpired or no more than 60 days past expired)
  • Valid Alabama Nondriver ID
  • Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID Card (available for free if you do not possess one of the other valid IDs)
  • Valid State Issued ID (Alabama or any other state) (including unexpired driver's licenses from other states)
  • Valid Federal issued ID
  • Valid US passport
  • Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County, Municipality, Board or other entity of this state
  • Valid student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • Valid student or employee ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state (does not include private universities in other states)
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid Tribal ID

How To Obtain a Free Voter ID (if you do not possess a valid photo ID)

Fact Sheet: What you need to know to get a Photo Voter ID Card
Examples of Identity Documents to obtain a FREE Photo ID
Here is a copy of the booklet from the AlabamaVotes.gov that outlines the photo ID law.


LWVEA Awarded Education Grant to Continue Youth Voter Registration Efforts in Lee and Macon Counties; Partnering with Auburn University's Chapter of the SPLC

We are so thrilled to announce that the League of Women Voters Education Fund has awarded LWVEA a pass-through grant to support our voter registration activities. This grant will fund our program to register high school seniors in Lee and Macon County this spring and early fall! We are excited to work with the AU Chapter of the Southern Poverty Law Center to double our efforts here in East Alabama. Read about us here! UPDATE: On February 9th, LWVEA and SPLC on Campus volunteers visited Opelika High School and registered more than 90 students. In March, we visited Smith Station High School and Lee County Youth Development Center and registered 111 and 13, respectively.


Calendar of Events (Updated)

August 26 (Friday) - Women's Equality Day This year marks the 96th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment granting voting rights to all regardless of gender. The LWVEA plans to commemorate the day with an evening social starting at 5:30PM at 660 East Lane. We ask that you bring something to share or $5 to cover costs. Click here to RSVP.

September 13 (Tuesday) - Selma: Bridge to the Ballot AU SPLC on Campus will show this powerful movie in the Student Center Ballroom with guest speaker Ronald Smith, lead trainer of the nonviolence conflict and reconciliation training recently held in Selma. He was trained by Bernard Lafayette, Jr. (Doc) who worked directly with Martin Luther King, Jr., and agreed to carry on his mission to institutionalize the practice of nonviolence. 

September 14 (Wednesday), October 24 (Monday), and November 14 (Monday) - AU SPLC on Campus will be partnering with the prison arts program, the Provost, and the Common Book Program to host a film screening and lecture series on incarceration. More information to follow.

Upcoming Voter Registration Events

"One Voter, One Star" - The LWVEA has a goal of registering at least 1000 voters before November 2016. We have twenty American flags printed out and we add one star for every voter we help to register or update their address. We also develop and distribute citizen & voter educational materials. Click here to volunteer for a Voter Registration Event.

Septmber 5 (Monday) - Old Seale Russell County Courthouse Labor Day Fair The LWVEA will be on hand to register voters in the area. Check here for more information.

September 12 (Monday) - OLLI Information Fair LWVEA members will be at the Clarion Inn & Suites, second floor ballroom, 1577 South College Street, Auburn, from 8:45-9:45am to register voters and to share information about the LWVEA. Stop by to register to vote in Alabama, to update your address, or to get information about local/state elections.

September 13 (Tuesday) - Selma: Bridge to the Ballot AU SPLC on Campus will show this powerful movie in the Student Center Ballroom with guest speaker Ronald Smith. LWVEA members will be on hand to register voters and provide information about the general electino on November 8th.

September 27 (Tuesday) - National Voter Registration Day Members of the LWVEA will be participating again this year! Locations and times TBA.

On-going - Area senior living and retirement communities The LWVEA will be visiting local senior living and retirement communities in the area. Updating addresses is an inportant part of our work.

On-going - Local high school and university registration drives We are always looking for more events to add to our schedule. Let us know if you have an event where we can participate.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! We know your time is valuable. Voter registration events are a great way to give back to the community with very little time commitment from you. Email Kristen at president@lwv-eastalabama.org for more information on volunteer opportunities or if you have a suggestion for an event.



Upcoming Elections

September 13 (Tuesday) - House District 79 Primary Election Four Republicans are vying for the spot in the general election to fill the vacant seat formerly held by Rep. Mike Hubbard. Jay Conner, Joe Lovvorn, Brett Smith, and Sandy Toomer will be on the Republican ballot. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes, a run-off will be held on November 29th (general election would be moved to February 7, 2017). If one candidate does recieve a majority of the votes, that candidate will be on the general election ballot against any third party/independent/minority candidates who qualify by September 13th. Libertarian candidate Gage Fenwick has expressed interest in being on the November 29th ballot.

October 4 (Tuesday) - Opelika Ward 2 Runoff Election Since no candidate recieved a majority of votes, a runoff election for Ward 2 candidates Tiffany Gibson-Pitts and Oscar Penn will be held. Only residents of Ward 2 will participate at the Opelika Learning Center. Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm. Absentee ballots may be requested from Mr. R. G. "Bob" Shuman, CMC, Opelika City Clerk - Treasurer at (334) 705-5110 or RShuman@opelika-al.gov.

November 8 (Tuesday) - General Election for President of the United States, US Senators, US Representatives and others

November 29 (Tuesday) - House District 79 Election This election will be either the Republican Run-off or the General Election, depending on the results of the September 13th election.

February 7 (Tuesday) - House District 79 General Election, if necessary


Read Charlotte Ward's remembrances of the LWV of East Alabama (originally known as the LWV of Auburn)

Guide To Your Government 2016 is here!

[To be updated after the upcoming elections] This guide has contact information for Auburn and Opelika city council members, Lee County commissioners, state legislators, members of Congress, as well as much more information. Once the file is opened, you will need to zoom in for easier viewing. Please let us know if the links for emails and websites do not work. Your representatives are waiting to hear from you!


Past LWVEA Voters:  

January 2015

September 2014    August 2014

March 2014       February 2014
January 2014   November 2013
October 2013   September 2013  
August 2013    July 2013

 Tailgate @ the Library
The LWVEA is all set to register voters at the Draughon Library on the Auburn campus! This looks GREAT!!!

We Need Your Help!
The LWVEA now has active Facebook and Twitter accounts that already have posts and tweets. We need you to go to these sites and "Like" or "Follow" the LWVEA to increase our public presence and to join in the dialogue.

We also need suggestions of who/what to follow.  The LWVEA is already following several news outlets, local politicians and other Leagues but we can always add more! Send a message to 
@lwveastal to make suggestions.

Go to AlabamaVotes.gov to register online.


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