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Tuesday, December 19, 2024
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Today my neighborhood and several others in Montgomery County, AL voted on whether or not to be annexed into the town of Pike Road. The vote itself was the culmination of various bizarre aspects of Alabama law on things like local government and annexation in particular. Indeed, the vote today is the result of a multi-year process.

At any rate we voted today at a polling place like none other than I have ever seen. It was at a bait shop. We literally waited by a minnow tank whilst in line for the ballots.

Oh, how I wish I had had a camera.

All I know is: all serious bloggers should have cell phone cameras and you can be darn sure that my next cell will have one.

Update: WAKA reports that the annexation passed (as expected):

CBS 8 : WAKA TV / WAKA DT Montgomery, AL - Home
The votes have now been counted in a special Montgomery County annexation referendum and the town of Pike Road will be growing by 2,000 people.

Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone says 330 people voted to be annexed, with 26 voting against it. Those voting on the annexation live in the following neighborhoods: Laurelwood, Merry Lakes, Merry Place, Merry Station, Lochshire, Freeport and Bridlebrook.

Stone says because of the outcome of this decision, the town has grown two times its current size.

Individual residents now have up to two months to petition for their homes to be removed from the annexation.

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    1. Right. I wish I had gotten a cell-phone/camera.

      And how are we to believe you really voted in a bait shop if you can’t even post any evidence??

      Comment by MSS — Tuesday, December 19, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

    2. I guess you’ll have to add that to your Christmas list.

      Comment by Jan — Tuesday, December 19, 2024 @ 9:16 pm

    3. Most bizarre annexation election ever (true story):

      Bridgeton, MO (near STL) wanted to annex industrial area called Earth City in the late 80’s. It had to be approved by residents of both cities. Bridgeton approved, but Earth City had 0 permanent residents, only a couple of hotels. Three residents were living permanently in the hotels.

      The election was held, and nobody from Earth City showed. The county held a polling place open all day waiting for 1 of the 3 to show to no avail.

      Missouri law provides for an automatic revote in case of a tie in any election. So Earth City was given another chance. This time the annexation passed by a landslide, 1-0.

      Comment by Buckland — Tuesday, December 19, 2024 @ 9:42 pm

    4. Sounds kinda fishy to me.

      Hopefully voters weren’t Lured into letting their attention Flounder.

      They may want to Tackle any issues Bobbing under the Surface along the Lines of Reel votes Cast at the Pole.

      No Spinning wanted here, that just wouldn’t Fly. You wanna be Landing on Net reults.

      Astrology could help - perhaps find a Pisces working for Scale to Troll through Hanging Shads.

      Wading through Current events one might even Hook a Bullhead-ed Stringer with a Mullet.

      But be careful those that Chum bottom feeders
      And of course wild Nightcrawlers can be a messy handful -
      but that’s another can of worms

      which I won’t Carp about now.

      Comment by Randy B — Wednesday, December 20, 2024 @ 9:14 am

    5. :)

      Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Wednesday, December 20, 2024 @ 9:20 am

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