Rita Diedtrich, MMC
The goal of City Clerk's office is to accurately record all official actions of the governing body, protect and maintain city records and archives efficiently conduct impartial municipal elections, and provide services to the citizens, elected officials, city departments and outside organizations in a professional manner.
It is the City Clerk'sresponsibility to oversee and keep records of all legal documents including Council Minutes, Ordinances, Resolutions, etc. I prepare the semi-monthly Council Agenda, attend all Ciy Council Work Sessions and Meeting, officially certify actions taken by the Council and attest to the correctness of documents executed by the Mayor and City Council.
The City Clerk also serves as the City's Election Manager and is responsible for planning, conducting and supervising all City elections.
The Office of the City Clerk is available to answer any questions you may have about the City of Bay Minette. Please give me a call or send me an e-mail should you have a question or need assistance.
Rita Diedtrich, CMC City Clerk
Q. If I want to run for municipal office, what is the time period for qualifications?
A. Candidates may begin qualifying once notice is published, which is the first Tuesday in July. For more information regarding qualifications see Code of Alabama, 1975, Section 11-46-22(a) and 11-46-25(g). The candidacy period runs fifteen days.
Q. When is the municipal election?
A. Municipal elections are held every four years on the fourth Tuesday in August. For more information regarding these elections see the Code of Alabama, 1975, Section 11-43-2.
Q. How much is the qualification fee?
A. The qualification fee is $50.00. If you have any questions regarding the qualification fee, call the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. The telephone number is 251.580.1637.
Q. How often do citizens vote for a new Mayor and Council?
A. In the State of Alabama municipal elections are held every four years on the fourth Tuesday in August. If a runoff is declared it is held on the sixth Tuesday, after the general election.
Q. How is my voting district determined?
A. The voting district is based on the physical address where you live NOT where you work.
Q. Who can vote?
A. Persons can vote if they are a registered and qualified voter of the State of Alabama who have resided within the corporate limits of the municipality for 30 days or more immediately preceding the date of the election and are qualified to vote in the County precinct which embraces and covers that part of the municipality in which the elector resides. Section 11 - 46 - 22, Code of Alabama 1975.
Q. What is the deadline for registering to vote?
A. The deadline for registering to vote is ten days prior to any election.
Q. Where do I go to vote?
A. All City of Bay Minette residents who live in Districts 1,2,3, and 5 vote at the Bay Minette Civic Center. The residents that live in District 4 vote at the Douglasville Community Center for any municipal election, regardless of whether it is for Mayor, Council, or some type of new law that will be enacted. Exceptions are annexation referendums which always take place in the subdivision or area that is being annexed by a referendum vote (those annexations that are not contiguous). The Bay Minette Civic Center is located at 301 D’Olive Street and the Douglasville Community Center is located at 812 West Hurricane Road, Bay Minette, Alabama. Phone number is 251.580.1637.
The Municipal Districts map can be found here.