According to the latest unofficial results posted on the Secretary of State’s website, State Parks Amendment 2 garnered 79.80 percent of the votes in favor of the constitutional amendment.
The tally with 61 of the 67 counties reporting:
Yes – 1,267,557 – 79.80%
No – 320,856 – 20.20%
Amendment 2 was the top vote-getter among the 14 constitutional amendments astonishingly receiving 212,000 more “yes” votes than any other ballot measure.
“Alabamians have once again shown their support for our state parks. This is a tremendous win for conservation and for our state’s most precious places,” stated Tammy Herrington, Executive Director, Conservation Alabama in an email to supporters.
Once again, this week’s news was dominated by the drought and another pipeline disaster in Shelby County.
In the good news category, there was some progress made on the proposals to create two National Parks in Anniston and Birmingham and on the coast the Alabama Coastal Foundation the launched the state’s first oyster shell recycling program.
Our top story today and for the coming week is the announcement that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be visiting Anniston and Birmingham to hold public hearings on whether to recommend to President Obama several civil rights sites for National Monument designations.
In Birmingham, the proposed park would include landmark sites such as the 16th Street Baptist Church, where in September 1963, four little girls were murdered by a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan. Also included in the proposal, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which houses archives and exhibits documenting the events of the city’s past, and various other historic sites within the civil rights district.
In Anniston, the proposed National Monument designation will focus on sites where the Greyhound bus carrying the Freedom Riders in 1961 were ambushed in downtown Anniston, and outside town where there was an attack on the Freedom Riders and the bus burning that shook a nation took place.
Alabama holds some of the most beautiful geography and greatest biodiversity of any place on earth. We are lucky to live here! But according to some highly acclaimed scientists, if we don’t protect what we have, we could lose it.
Birmingham Audubon’s Executive Director Suzanne Langley penned an op-ed for al.com last week in support of Constitutional Amendment 2. If enacted the amendment will protect and support permanent funding for Alabama’s State Parks
Tired of the Presidential Campaigns? Turned off on politics?
Well, here is one very good reason to vote on November 8th in Alabama.
Vote Yes on Constitutional Amendment 2 to protect Alabama State Parks funding.
Since 2012, $15 million has been transferred away (mostly guest fees) from our State Parks System causing a fiscal crisis. Constitutional Amendment 2 bans the transfer insuring that our State Parks are protected and permanently funded.
Checkout some of the new cool activities at Alabama’s State Parks.