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Voters head to polls for special election

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The vote could transfer $437-million from the state's savings account to the general fund over the next three years. The vote could transfer $437-million from the state's savings account to the general fund over the next three years.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Voters head to the polls Tuesday morning, but what exactly will they be voting on and what will this mean for state agencies in the future? 

Political expert Dr. Waymon Burke said that about $437-million would be transferred from the state's savings account to the general fund over the next three years. That would help finance the state's general fund budget.

Those who oppose the amendment said that doing the transfer is just a temporary fix and will only solve the problems for a few years. 

Supporters said that the amendment is giving the state a lifeline and protecting hospitals and health care. 

"Some of the fears out there are that prisoners will be released from prison," Burke said.  "Perhaps the state can no longer afford the Medicaid or Medicare programs that take care of elderly and other people who can't afford treatment."

Burke said if the referendum is defeated, the governor will have to call a special meeting to the Alabama legislature before October 1 when the 2013 fiscal year begins.

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