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April 23, 2009
Alabama Senate Positions Electronic Voting Bill to Become Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala- Secretary of State Beth Chapman and the Military and Overseas Voting Task Force have cleared another hurdle in making electronic voting for overseas voters a reality.  The Senate Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics, and Elections Committee approved House Bill 711 by a vote of 7-0 today.  Senator Quinton Ross (D-Montgomery), who serves as chairman of the committee, was instrumental in the advancement of the bill in the Alabama Senate.


The bill allows military and overseas voters five ways to request their ballots, including commercial carriers such as FedEx and UPS, secure fax, email, secure electronic transmission, as well as the current method using the U.S. Postal Service.  In addition, a person may submit their ballots using all of the methods currently listed, except email.


“We are delighted by the quick action on the part of the Alabama Senate on this most important legislation,” Chapman said.  “We look forward to this bill soon becoming law, so that we can protect the rights of those who defend us.”


The bill could come up for a vote in the full Senate as early as Tuesday.




For more information, visit Secretary of State John H. Merrill’s Web Site: