Alabama is a historically Republican state and remains so to this day, however, a closer look at the counties themselves notates a shift in political ideologies amongst Jefferson County residents over the last decade. According to the Alabama Secretary of State in 2012, the county voted on a ratio of 73/27 percent in favor of the Republicans in the General Election for President of the United States. In 2016 the voters flipped entirely going 73/27 in favor of Democrats. Finally, in the most recent election 2020, the split was 82/18 in favor of the Democratic candidate. Strictly looking at Jefferson Counties' statistics as this is the county that the University resides in, it is worth noting the impact the economic expansion of the University has had on the political climate of the City of Birmingham.