Vote Today: Special Constitutional Amendment On Ballot

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) - Polls are open until 7 p.m. today across Alabama for a special constitutional amendment.

See a sample ballot here.

The amendment will allow lawmakers to take money out of the Alabama Trust Fund, which was previously restricted. 

Lawmakers who support the amendment say they need the funds to cover budget shortfalls and other services.  A "yes" vote would authorize lawmakers to borrow up to $147 million each year for the next three years.

Other lawmakers oppose the amendment, including Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville (R-District 7).  He says cuts can be made elsewhere.

Voting "no" forces lawmakers to make budget cuts for find other sources of revenue to help balance the budget.  If the amendment fails to pass, it is likely lawmakers will be called into special session to deal with budget issues.

Lawmakers from both sides agree low voter turnout will play a large role in determining the outcome of the vote. 

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