LAWMAKER: NOVEMBER LOTTERY VOTE STILL POSSIBLE

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers are looking for a way to keep the possibility of keeping a November lottery vote alive.

Sen. Jim McClendon said Wednesday that he believes lawmakers have until Friday to pass the bill and add it to the November ballot. McClendon cited a section of state law that said the state had until 74 days before an election to certify ballot names.

Lawmakers initially said the deadline was Wednesday, which was the 76th day. The House of Representatives missed that deadline, prompting criticism from lottery supporters.

Secretary of State John Merrill is planning a 3 p.m. press conference to discuss the situation.

The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee will vote on the bill Wednesday afternoon. The full House could debate the matter on Thursday.

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