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July 21, 2008
Secretary Chapman Announces Veterans Who Vote Program

MONTGOMERY—Secretary of State Beth Chapman announced Saturday a new initiative entitled, Veterans Who Vote. She made the announcement at the Birmingham Marriot during a homecoming celebration for National Guard Soldiers, C-Company, 1-167th Infantry out of Cullman returning from a one year tour in Iraq.

 

Chapman created the Veterans Who Vote Program to partner with the Veterans of Foreign Wars to recruit veterans to register voters, work at the polls, and be poll watchers for the November General Election.

 

“Veterans have fought to provide our right to vote, protect our right to vote and now they have an opportunity to help preserve our right to vote by being a part of the process” Chapman stated.  “There is no one better to trust managing and watching the polling places where we vote than the ones who fought for our right to vote” she concluded.

 

State Quartermaster Travis Whaley agreed, “We are honored to partner with Secretary Chapman to participate in Alabama’s voting process.  Our men and women will work hard to see that honest elections are conducted in Alabama.”

 

Chapman is known for her work with the military, making Alabama one of only three states in the nation to provide a more accessible means for those who are eligible to register to vote while overseas.  Chapman was also asked to give exclusive testimony on behalf of the National Association of Secretaries of State before the House Administration Committee on the subject of military voting. She has received numerous commendations from various military organizations including the highest national award given by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

 

For more information on the Veterans Who Vote Program please contact the Secretary of State’s office at 334-242-7200 or visit www.veteranswhovote.com.

 

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For more information, visit Secretary of State Jim Bennett’s Web Site:  http://www.sos.alabama.gov/