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May 28, 2010
Chapman Says “Zero Tolerance” for Voter Fraud

MONTGOMERY, ALWith allegations in four specific counties and concerns expressed in others, Secretary of State Beth Chapman says there will be “zero tolerance” for voter fraud in Alabama.


Chapman has received a sworn affidavit wherein a voter stated he was offered $25 in exchange for his vote in this election. Other complaints have centered around the misuse of absentee ballots which traditionally have been a problem in Alabama elections. There are some elected officials who have reported an excessive number of absentee ballots as well. These troubling reports about possible absentee ballot fraud “cause reason for suspicion" according to Chapman.


“Under the law, I may not have the authority to prosecute those who participate in voter fraud, but I can and will do everything within my power to ensure that voter fraud is prosecuted to the fullest extent possible,” Chapman said.


Secretary Chapman will be visiting the counties where the reports of voter fraud have originated on Election Day.  Chapman is unopposed and not on the primary ballot.


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