Commission looking into single-vote system

Published 4:33 pm Thursday, November 12, 2020

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The way that Chilton County elects its Commissioners could look different during the next election four years from now.

This possibility arose during a work session discussion on Nov. 11, after Commissioner Joe Headley brought up the interest of changing the seven-vote system the county uses and going back to a single-vote process.

Headley informed the Commission that he spoke to county attorney Roger Bates about it and Bates is looking into what it would take if they decided to make a change.

Commission Chairman Joseph Parnell believes Chilton County is one of three counties in the nation that uses the seven-vote system to decide an election.

Parnell stated the initial seven-vote method was implemented as an attempt to give minorities within the county a better shot at being represented on the Commission.

However, he agreed with Headley that it does not seem to be working as well as initially proposed.

One of the reasons Headley brought forward the matter to be discussed was the fact he heard from so many residents during his campaign that had questions and concerns about the seven-vote system in place.

A single-vote system could lead to the drawing up of district lines, which would make sure each area of the county is represented adequately.