MONTGOMERY, AL – Secretary of State
Beth Chapman was pleased, but not at all surprised, to hear that last week’s
recount from the unprecedented Republican gubernatorial primary election resulted
in virtually no change in the original vote count from June 1.
“It’s good to know the democratic
process is still safe and secure in Alabama,” Chapman said. “Every legally
qualified vote in the Republican primary election for governor was counted.
Then they were recounted, proving the system was sound and accurate from the
“This unprecedented situation was
properly managed and is solid confirmation that the integrity of the ballot box
is still intact in Alabama,” Chapman continued.
According to Chapman, the voting
machines used in Alabama are 99.9% accurate and all of them must count 10
million marked ballots without a single error in order to be certified for use
in an election.
“I am grateful to the Republican
Party and the election officials in all 67 counties for the excellent job they
did with the recount,” Chapman said. “It is reassuring that the numbers
show two clear first and second place winners once again and we can now move
forward with the runoff election to be held on July 13th.”
Chapman certified the ballots on
June 11th and because of the timely certification the run-off
ballots will be printed and sent to absentee voters without any undue delay.