How to watch the ‘Alabama Time Zone’ for the best time to watch an Alabama football game on Thursday night
A new ABC/Washington Post poll finds that a majority of Alabama voters are in favor of keeping the state’s “time zone” for state-level events like football games.
The poll was conducted by the public affairs firm Public Policy Polling between Oct. 10-12, and found that 58 percent of voters support keeping the Alabama state time zone.
Another 29 percent are opposed to keeping the “Alabama Time” for “official” events like funerals, business meetings, school sports and other official events.
Only 12 percent of respondents were undecided.
The Alabama Time Zone is the state timezone assigned by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Bureau of Time and Weather (BOTW) maintains the state-specific time zones.
Alabama currently has a time zone of 12 hours, 30 minutes and 56 seconds, which is 1 hour, 1 minute and 5 seconds behind Washington.
The BOTW is also the agency responsible for updating the state clock.
This is the second time in less than a month that Alabama voters have voted on a controversial time change.
In September, a petition to keep the Alabama time zone gained over 1,000 signatures and was sent to the governor and Legislature.
“We must preserve Alabama’s heritage as a great state, home to the first African American governor, first American women to serve in Congress, first African-American president, first Hispanic American president and first black president,” the petition reads.
“The current state of Alabama’s time is not appropriate and does not align with the state we know and love.”
Alabama lawmakers have been pushing to keep “Alabama time” for its official events since the 1970s.
The state changed its time zone from 12 hours and 32 minutes to 12 hours 12 minutes and 40 seconds on Oct. 11, 2018.
The change resulted in the creation of the Alabama Civil War National Memorial in Huntsville.
On Sept. 26, Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard told Alabama House members that “Alabama’s time zone is now 12 hours past midnight, not 11 hours.
It is time for a statewide debate on time zones.”
On Monday, Alabama Attorney General Doug Jones sent a letter to the BOTw asking them to “implement a statewide agreement that ensures that the Alabama civil war memorial will remain in its current position.”
“Alabama does not have an official time, and the public does not know how long the Alabama clock is at noon,” Jones wrote in the letter.
“Therefore, a public debate on how best to ensure the Alabama Memorial’s future remains in its historic position in Huntsdale, Alabama, is warranted.”
The Alabama Civil Rights Commission, the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Alabama Public Utility Commission will be among the agencies tasked with coordinating the transition, according to the Alabama Policy Institute.
The commission has also issued an order that states the time zone change is “not necessary” for transportation services.
The letter to BOTWs was signed by Rep. Keith Harris, R-Hutchinson, and Rep. David Brat, R, Va.
“There is no evidence to support that the proposed Alabama Time change will significantly change the public’s understanding of the time in Alabama,” the letter said.
I am not going to let this happen.”