Amendment Two

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Alabama's new election recount law, which could get its first use on Amendment Two, only permits a recount when a proposed constitutional amendment is losing narrowly.

Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment couldn't get a recount if the proposal were passing narrowly.

Unofficial returns from the November second election show Amendment Two losing 690,241 to 687,747 that's a margin of 2,494 votes.

The Alabama Legislature enacted the law in 2003. It allows a candidate to get a recount if losing by one-half percent of the votes cast or less. The law also provides for a recount when a constitutional amendment loses by one-half percent.

In the case of Amendment Two, one-half percent of the vote is 6,890 ballots.

Amendment Two would remove segregation-era language from Alabama's constitution requiring separate schools, levying poll taxes, and saying that there is no right to an education at public expense in Alabama.

Before any recounts can occur, counties must complete verifying and counting provisional ballots. Then county election officials must complete their official results by Friday.