Alabama bans union ‘card check’ elections, mandates secret ballot voting
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Wallace and voted into law by Alabama voters on November 6, 2012, The Alabama Secret Ballot Amendment (Amendment 7) amends the state constitution to guarantee individuals the right to vote by secret ballot in matters of employee representation, elections for public office, and referenda. Amendment 7 would prohibit unions from organizing via “card check,” where they get more than half of the employees at a company to check a box on a card saying they want a union to represent them. The only method available for union organization would be a secret ballot. The amendment effectively blocks a push by left-wing groups and unions to make voter choices public, opening the door to pressure and harassment.