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Secretary Merrill Authorizes New Absentee Option for Permanently Disabled Voters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, September 12, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Alabama Act 2019-359 became effective September 1, 2019, allowing a permanently disabled voter to apply for a disabled voter…

Published on September 12, 2019

With the Help of Secretary Merrill, Jessi’s Law Becomes Effective

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, September 9, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – At the young age of 12, Jessi Kearley was impregnated by her biological father. In and out of the court system as her parents battled…

Published on September 9, 2019

Secretary Merrill Announces Madison County to Adopt Online Filings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 3, 2019 – MONTGOMERY - Secretary of State John H. Merrill is proud to announce that today, Alabama welcomes another county into the online filing process…

Published on September 3, 2019

Secretary Merrill Distributes “Alabama: The Bicentennial” to School Superintendents of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, August 29, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Wednesday morning, the School Superintendents of Alabama met in Montgomery to meet with State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Eric…

Published on August 29, 2019

Election Night Reporting for State House District 74 Special Primary Runoff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, August 26, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – The Office of the Alabama Secretary of State will provide election night reporting for the State House District 74 Special Primary…

Published on August 26, 2019

Secretary Merrill Issues Reminder to Voters About Deadline to Register

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2019 - MONTGOMERY – Alabama voters in the Special Primary Runoff Election for State House District 74 will make their final decisions regarding candidates…

Published on August 12, 2019

Alabama Secretary of State Named Co-Chair of NASS International Relations Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, August 8, 2019 – MONTGOMERY - Following the conclusion of the 2019 Summer Conference, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) announced Committee Co-…

Published on August 8, 2019

Secretary Merrill Responds to Josh Moon of Alabama Political Reporter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, August 6, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – The following is a statement from Secretary of State John H. Merrill and is in direct response to the recent opinion column written by…

Published on August 6, 2019

Secretary Merrill Administers Absentee Voting Law Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, August 6, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Alabama Act 2019-507 became effective August 1, 2019, establishing new requirements for voters casting absentee ballots. A copy of the…

Published on August 6, 2019

Secretary Merrill Responds to Alabama Political Reporter Op-Ed on Voter ID Laws

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, July 31, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – The following is a statement from Secretary of State John H. Merrill and is in direct response to the recent opinion column written by…

Published on July 31, 2019

Secretary Merrill Announces 6th County to Adopt Online Business Filings Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, July 29, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Today, Morgan County became the 6th county in Alabama to adopt an online filings process for formation of domestic LLCs and domestic for-…

Published on July 29, 2019

Alabama’s 3.5 Million Registered Voters Continues to Shatter State Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Thursday, July 25, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Today, Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill announced that Alabama continues to shatter state voter registration records with more…

Published on July 25, 2019

Secretary Merrill Co-Authors “Alabama: The Bicentennial” History Book Benefitting Fourth-Grade Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Tuesday, July 23, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill and co-author Tom Ward have released the history book Alabama: The Bicentennial,…

Published on July 23, 2019

Secretary Merrill Removes Russell County Registrar from Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Monday, July 22, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Secretary Merrill removed a member of the Russell County Board of Registrars for cause. The case went before an…

Published on July 22, 2019

The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office Receives Perfect Audit from State Auditor Jim Ziegler

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Monday, July 15, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – This morning, State Auditor Jim Ziegler recognized the Secretary of State’s efforts in securing a perfect audit for all three state…

Published on July 15, 2019

Secretary Merrill States Support for President Trump’s Request for U.S. Citizenship Question on U.S. Census

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Friday, July 5, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill has submitted a letter outlining his support for the Executive Order or other legal remedies…

Published on July 5, 2019

Secretary Merrill Announces Three Consecutive Years of Same-Day Business Filings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Friday, June 21, 2019 – MONTGOMERY –Today marks three consecutive years of same-day business filings by the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office. “Today, we have reached a…

Published on June 21, 2019

Secretary Merrill Receives National Leadership Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Secretary John H. Merrill on Monday received the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Leading Globally Matters Locally Award during the…

Published on June 18, 2019

Secretary Merrill Responds to Inaccurate Montgomery Advertiser Op-Ed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 13, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – The following statement from Secretary of State John H. Merrill is in direct response to the recent op-ed published in the Montgomery…

Published on June 13, 2019

House District 74 Special Primary Election Night Reporting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office will provide election night reporting for the House District 74 Special Primary Election.…

Published on June 11, 2019

Secretary Merrill Expands Online Business Filing to Include Domestic and Foreign Limited Liability Partnerships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, June 10, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Today, Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill expanded online business filing services to include domestic and foreign limited…

Published on June 10, 2019

Secretary Merrill Renews Commitment to the Alabama Election Fairness Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 6, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Election Fairness Project has been renewed in a Memorandum of Understanding between Alabama’s Secretary of State John H.…

Published on June 6, 2019

Secretary Merrill Announces 5th County to Adopt Online Business Filings Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 13, 2019 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce a new online filing tool for businesses to submit filing documentation to the…

Published on May 13, 2019

Alabama Secretary of State Partners with Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to Host the First Democracy Tour in Alabama!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 6, 2019 Contact: John Bennett, John.Bennett@sos.Alabama.gov (Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill) Shawn Starkey, StarkeyS@Michigan.gov (Michigan Secretary of…

Published on May 6, 2019

Secretary Merrill Announces Appointment of Director of Elections - Clay Helms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Friday, May 3, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office is excited to announce that Clay Helms has been officially appointed as the Director of Elections.…

Published on May 3, 2019

Secretary Merrill Releases Campaign Finance Committees Not in Compliance with Annual Reporting Requirements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Thursday, May 2, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA) governs how local and state candidates and Political Action Committees (PACs) spend and…

Published on May 2, 2019

Secretary Merrill and Judge Tatum are Representing Alabama at the EAC Standards Board Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Thursday, April 11, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill and Bullock County Probate Judge James Tatum are attending a two-day meeting in Memphis,…

Published on April 11, 2019

Secretary Merrill Announces Transition to New Chief Legal Counsel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Monday, April 8, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – In June of 2018 the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office welcomed Hugh R. Evans, when he joined Secretary Merrill’s team following his…

Published on April 8, 2019

UPDATE: Governor Ivey Calls Special Election for House District 74

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Monday, April 1, 2019 – MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is announcing the Special Election for State House District 74. Governor Ivey called the…

Published on April 1, 2019

Secretary Merrill Announces Expansion of Online Filing Tools: Trademarks can now be filed online!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Monday, March 25, 2019 – MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce another expansion of the online services offered to the people of…

Published on March 25, 2019

Secretary Merrill Announces Elmore County Business Filings Now Available on the Secretary of State's Website!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   March 22, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce a new online filing tool for businesses to submit filing documentation to the…

Published on March 22, 2019

Secretary Merrill Announces Foreign Business Registration Now Available on the Secretary of State's Website!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce that another avenue is now available for Alabamians to accomplish…

Published on March 19, 2019

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Shares Information on State of Emergency Declaration From Governor Ivey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 23, 2019 - MONTGOMERY - Please see the link below for the proclamation from Governor Kay Ivey's Office on the Declaration of a State of Emergency in response to the…

Published on February 24, 2019

Announcement: Secretary Merrill Announces Newly Appointed Members of the Probate Judges' Advisory Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Thursday, February 21, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce newly appointed members of the Probate Judges’ Advisory Council. The…

Published on February 21, 2019

RESPONSE: Secretary Merrill Responds to Racist Editorial in the Democrat-Reporter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – The following is a statement from Secretary of State John H. Merrill and is in direct response to the recent editorial written by…

Published on February 20, 2019

REPORT: Secretary Merrill testified before House Committee on Homeland Security

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Friday, February 15, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Secretary Merrill was asked to testify before the House Committee on Homeland Security on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 regarding…

Published on February 14, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT: Secretary Merrill Announces Availability of Proclamations On Secretary of State Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill has worked to digitize proclamations issued by the Office of the Governor of Alabama.…

Published on February 13, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT: Secretary John Merrill Will Testify Before House Homeland Security Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Friday, February 8, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Secretary of State John H. Merrill has agreed to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security during an election…

Published on February 8, 2019

REMINDER: Secretary Merrill Issues Reminder on Deadline to File FCPA Annual Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Secretary Merrill is reminding elected officials, candidates, former candidates, and political action committees (PACs) that the…

Published on January 30, 2019

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Shares Information on State of Emergency Declaration From Governor Ivey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Monday, January 28, 2019 - MONTGOMERY - Please see the link below for the proclamation from Governor Kay Ivey's Office on the Declaration of a State of Emergency in response…

Published on January 28, 2019

Alabama Secretary of State Begins Legal Action Against Campaign Finance Violators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Thursday, December 27, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - As authorized by Act 2015-495, which was passed by the Alabama Legislature in 2015, and went into effect with the start of the 2018…

Published on December 27, 2018

Alabama Secretary of State Releases Updates on Crossover Voting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Thursday, December 6, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - At the conclusion of the 2017 United States Senate Special Election Run-off, the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office reviewed a…

Published on December 6, 2018

Alabama Secretary of State Working to Collect Campaign Finance Fines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - As required by Act 2015-495, which was passed by the legislature in 2015, and went into effect with the start of the 2018 Election…

Published on December 4, 2018

Alabama Secretary of State Convenes the State Canvassing Board to Certify Election Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – MONTGOMERY – The Alabama State Canvassing Board will meet Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to…

Published on November 21, 2018

Alabama Secretary of State's Office Has Recovered over $100,000 in FCPA Fines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Friday, November 16, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office is required to issue penalties to Political Action Committees (PACs) and Principle Campaign…

Published on November 16, 2018

Secretary Merrill Releases Updates on Counting Write-In Votes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - State law requires the Secretary of State’s Office to review county vote totals and compare those totals to the number of write-in…

Published on November 13, 2018

UPDATE: Secretary of State John H. Merrill Releases Information On Polling Location Hours

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Thursday, November 1, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - All polling sites in each one of Alabama’s 67 counties are scheduled to be open at 7:00 AM and will remain open until 7:00 PM…

Published on November 6, 2018

Secretary Merrill Responds to Inaccurate AL.com Article

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Thursday, November 1, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - An article published late Wednesday evening by Lee Roop and Paul Gattis presented voters with an inaccurate and understandably…

Published on November 1, 2018

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Issues Guidance for Straight Party Voting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Voters who wish to cast a straight party vote for all of the candidates on the ballot in either the Republican or Democratic Party…

Published on October 31, 2018

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Reminds Voters of Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Reminder: The deadline to make application for an absentee ballot is Thursday, November 1, 2018.  As required in the Code of…

Published on October 24, 2018

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Reminds Voters of the Deadline to Register

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Secretary of State's Office is reminding Alabamians of the upcoming deadline to register to vote in advance of the…

Published on October 16, 2018

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Shares Information on State of Emergency Proclamation From Governor Ivey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Thursday, October 11, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Please see the link below for the proclamation from Governor Kay Ivey's Office on the Supplemental State of Emergency Proclamation in…

Published on October 11, 2018

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Shares Information on State of Emergency Declaration From Governor Ivey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Monday, October 8, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Please see the link below for the proclamation from Governor Kay Ivey's Office on the Declaration of a State of Emergency in response to…

Published on October 8, 2018

Alabama Secretary of State announces 117 straight weeks of same-day business filings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 26, 2018 – MONTGOMERY - When Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill took office in 2015, one of his top priorities was to eliminate any waiting period for…

Published on September 26, 2018

TODAY is National Voter Registration Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2018 – MONTGOMERY - Today, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill joins hundreds of different partners around the nation to observe National Voter Registration…

Published on September 25, 2018

Alabama Secretary of State announces new initiative to assist visually-impaired voters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2018 – TALLADEGA - Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced this morning a new initiative by his office to help Alabama voters with visual impairments…

Published on September 20, 2018

Secretary of State responds to ACLU lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - The following statement is a quote from Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill regarding the lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Alabama today:  "…

Published on September 19, 2018

Secretary of State Website Offers New Information for Voters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 14, 2018 - MONTGOMERY – Midterm elections, set for Tuesday, November 6, 2018, are less than two months away, and Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill wants voters…

Published on September 14, 2018

Alabama Secretary of State recognizes National Voter Registration Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 13, 2018 - MONTGOMERY – On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill will join hundreds of different partners around the nation to observe…

Published on September 14, 2018

Alabama Secretary of State announces press conference at Alabama School for the Blind

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - WHAT: Press conference announcing a new partnership between the Alabama Secretary of State’s office and the Alabama School for the Blind,…

Published on September 14, 2018

Campaign Finance Editorial from Secretary Merrill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 10, 2018 - MONTGOMERY -  I am disappointed to find myself, once again, in a position to ask what purpose the Alabama Ethics Commission serves to the people of this…

Published on September 10, 2018

Secretary Merrill Releases Names of Independent and Minor Party Candidates Qualified for the November General Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  July 23, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill released today the names of independent and minor party candidates who have qualified for ballot access…

Published on July 23, 2018

Secretary Merrill Sends Reminder to Voters on Crossover Voting Rules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - On July 17, 2018, voters will return to the polls to make a final selection for the candidates they want to represent the Republican or Democrat…

Published on July 14, 2018

Secretary Merrill Issues Reminders to Voters on Absentee Voting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Thursday, July 12, 2018 and the application must be received by the close of business. The deadline…

Published on July 9, 2018

Secretary Merrill Sends Reminder on Voter Registration Deadline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 2, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama voters will come together on July 17, 2018 to make final selections regarding candidates representing the Republican and Democrat party…

Published on July 2, 2018

Secretary Merrill Announces One Million Newly Registered Voters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 22, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - It's morning in Alabama, and Alabamians are registering to vote and turning out to cast their ballot in record numbers. Secretary of State John H…

Published on June 22, 2018

Secretary Merrill's Editorial Regarding FCPA and the Ethics Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 12, 2018 - MONTGOMERY -  In the 2015 Alabama Legislative Session, the Legislature passed legislation that required all county candidates and political action committees…

Published on June 12, 2018

Statement from Secretary Merrill on Supreme Court Ruling on Ohio's Voter Purge Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - The following is a statement from Secretary Merrill on the recent court ruling in the Ohio Voter Purge Process: "I am pleased to see that the…

Published on June 11, 2018

Nationally Recognized Ethics Leader Joins Secretary of State John Merrill's Legal Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - On June 1, 2018, Mr. Hugh R. Evans, a distinguished veteran in the state public service, joined the Secretary of State's team following his…

Published on June 7, 2018

Secretary Merrill Issues Reminders to Voters on Absentee Voting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 31, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Thursday, May 31, 2018 and the application must be received by the close of business today. The…

Published on May 31, 2018

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Shares Information on State of Emergency Declaration From Governor Ivey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 27, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Please see the link below for the Proclamation from Governor Ivey's Office on the State of Emergency Declaration made in regards to the threat from…

Published on May 27, 2018

Secretary Merrill Issues Reminders to Voters on Absentee Voting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 23, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the June 5, 2018 Primary Election in Alabama is fast approaching. The deadline to apply for an…

Published on May 23, 2018

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Announces Expansion of Online Filing Tools in Upcoming Jackson County Press Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 8, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce a new online filing tool for businesses to submit filing documentation online to…

Published on March 8, 2018

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Announces Expansion of Online Filing Tools for Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 23, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce the continued expansion of online filing tools for citizens and businesses…

Published on February 23, 2018

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Shares Information on State of Emergency Declaration From Governor Ivey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  January 15, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Please see the link below for the Proclamation from Governor Ivey's Office on the State of Emergency Declaration made in regards to the threat…

Published on January 15, 2018

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Shares Information on State of Emergency Declaration From Governor Ivey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  January 11, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Please see the link below for the Proclamation from Governor Ivey's Office on the State of Emergency Declaration made in regards to the flu…

Published on January 11, 2018

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Issues Statement on Ruling in Photo ID Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  January 10, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler has issued a 69 page ruling dismissing a…

Published on January 10, 2018

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Announces 4th Annual International Adoption Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  January 10, 2018 – MONTGOMERY – Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill and his team will host the fourth annual International Adoption Day on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 2…

Published on January 10, 2018

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Issues Reminder to Candidates on Upcoming Legislative Blackout 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 5, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is reminding Candidates and Political Action Committees of the upcoming freeze on the fundraising…

Published on January 4, 2018

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Announces Date of State Canvassing Board Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  December 22, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - The Alabama State Canvassing Board will meet Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Alabama Secretary of State's Office to certify…

Published on December 22, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Releases Updated Information on Questions Regarding Voter Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  December 21, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - The most controversial issue regarding potential voter fraud that has been reported to the Office of The Secretary of State following the US…

Published on December 21, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Releases Updated Numbers on UOCAVA and Provisional Ballots

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  December 20, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - There have been several questions raised about the number of Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) ballots and…

Published on December 20, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Releases Updated Numbers on Write-In Votes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  December 18, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Pursuant to Act 2016-450, regarding the identification and recordation of write-in votes, the Secretary of State has determined that the…

Published on December 18, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Provides Clarification on Straight Ticket Voting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  December 12, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - In an effort to provide clarification concerning questions our office has received regarding the Party Preference selection option located at…

Published on December 12, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Provides Clarification for Erroneous Site Listing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  December 11, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Reports to the Alabama Secretary of State's Office indicate that an advertisement has been circulating this evening directing voters to…

Published on December 12, 2017

Secretary of State Works with Google to Remove Misleading Highway 31 Advertisement From the Internet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Recent reports to the Alabama Secretary of State's Office indicated the existence of an ad that was targeting Alabamians with incorrect or…

Published on December 7, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Provides Clarification on Roy Moore Campaign's Letter to the Media

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - On Friday, December 1, 2017, at approximately 5:10 PM, Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill received a report from an official at the Roy…

Published on December 5, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Provides Clarification on Inaccurate Information in Highway 31 Now Ad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  December 5, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - In the Alabama Secretary of State Office's continued efforts to empower and encourage all Alabama residents to participate in the electoral…

Published on December 5, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Issues Guidance for Voters in State House District 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  December 1, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Voters located in parts of Morgan and Limestone County will have an additional race to vote for when they head to the polls on December 12.…

Published on December 1, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Issues Guidance for Voters in State Senate District 26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  December 1, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Voters located in parts of Montgomery County will have an additional race to vote for when they head to the polls on December 12. Those…

Published on December 1, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Issues Guidance for Casting a Write-in Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  November 29, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Due to a large number of requests for guidance on the exact procedures that someone would need to follow to cast a write-in vote in the…

Published on November 29, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill TODAY is the Deadline to Register to Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  November 27, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Secretary of State's Office has been made aware of erroneous messages being distributed by individuals claiming to be members of…

Published on November 27, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Reminds Voters of the Deadline to Register

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  November 22, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama voters will come together on December 12, 2017 to elect the next United States Senator from Alabama. The deadline to register to vote…

Published on November 22, 2017

UPDATE: Crossover Voting Information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  November 17, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - At the conclusion of the 2017 United States Senate Special Election Run-off, the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office reviewed a formal,…

Published on November 17, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Provides Update on 2016 FCPA Annual Report Violators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  November 8, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - For the first time since the Alabama Legislature created the Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA), the Alabama Secretary of State's Office…

Published on November 8, 2017

Update on Crossover Voting Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  November 6, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Today is the deadline for 41 Alabama Counties to return information to the Alabama Secretary of State's Office on the 674 voters that were…

Published on November 6, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Shares Information on HD 21 Special Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  October 16, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Please see the link below for the Proclamation from Governor Ivey's Office on HD 21. The election calendar for this race will be available on…

Published on October 16, 2017

Governor Ivey Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storm Nate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  October 5, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Please see the link below for the Proclamation from Governor Ivey's Office on the State of Emergency Declaration made in advance of Tropical…

Published on October 5, 2017

Secretary Merrill Releases Proclamation for the Senate District 26 Special Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  October 2, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Please see the link below for the Proclamation from Governor Ivey's Office on SD 4. The election calendar for this race will be available on the…

Published on October 2, 2017

Proclamation From Governor Kay Ivey On Special Election for House District 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 29, 2017 - Please follow the link below to view the proclamation from Governor Kay Ivey's Office regarding the Special Election for Alabama State House District 4.…

Published on September 29, 2017

Letter From Secretary Merrill on Crossover Voting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - This morning, reports from several voting locations have indicated that poll workers have been identified assisting or allowing voters, which…

Published on September 26, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Releases Information Regarding Potential Breaches in State of Alabama Systems

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 22, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Recent information has been presented to Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill regarding the potential system compromises due to Russian…

Published on September 22, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Releases Information Reminding Voters of New Crossover Voting Rules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 18, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - On September 26, 2017, voters will return to the polls to make a final selection for the candidate they want to represent the Republican…

Published on September 18, 2017

Governor Ivey Issues Executive Order Extending the Voter Registration Deadline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 11, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Due to state and county office closures caused by Hurricane Irma, voter registration applications can now be submitted electronically via:…

Published on September 11, 2017

Senate Special Election Runoff Registration Deadlines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 6, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State is reminding Alabamians that the last day to register to vote is Monday, September 11, 2017. Voters intending to…

Published on September 6, 2017

Online Business Filings Now Available in Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce a new online filing tool for businesses to submit filing documentation online…

Published on August 24, 2017

Inactive Voters - Voter Record Refresh Information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Beginning in January of 2017, as required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), the Alabama Secretary of State's Office began a process…

Published on August 16, 2017

Secretary Merrill Releases Information Regarding the Restoration of Felony Voting Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 4, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill would like to remind the People of Alabama of a law change passed by the Alabama State Legislature in…

Published on August 7, 2017

The Elimination of Crossover Voting in Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE By Secretary of State John H. Merrill August 4, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - In the State of Alabama, primary elections serve as the preliminary process by which candidates are…

Published on August 7, 2017

Secretary John H. Merrill Named NASS Vice President of the Southern Region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is the oldest non-partisan group public officials in the United States.  The group consists…

Published on July 13, 2017

Secretary Merrill Announces Renewed Deadline for FCPA Monthly Reports

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Due to the extension of the July 4th holiday, which was ordered by Governor Kay Ivey, the Alabama Secretary of State's Office has…

Published on July 5, 2017

Secretary Merrill Responds to Questions About Letter from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - The Office of the Secretary of State understands that voter fraud is an incredibly important issue that citizens of this state take seriously.…

Published on June 30, 2017

Secretary Merrill Announces New Reporting Requirements for FCPA Filers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 30, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - As a part of our continued efforts to supply more accountability and transparency in the area of campaign finance reporting, Secretary Merrill has…

Published on June 30, 2017

The Business Services Division in the Office of the Secretary of State establishes new standard for consistency and public service expectations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 27, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Historically, the Business Services Division in the office of the Secretary of State has always processed its paperwork days, weeks, and even…

Published on June 27, 2017

UPDATE: Alabama Secretary of State Releases Names of Fair Campaign Practices Act Violators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Several weeks ago Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill released the names of 92 campaign committees which had yet to file a 2016 annual report…

Published on June 2, 2017

Alabama Secretary of State Releases Names of Fair Campaign Practices Act Violators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA) governs how local and state candidates and Political Action Committees (PACs) spend and receive money…

Published on May 1, 2017

Nearly 200 Years of Legislative Acts Now Available Online!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 21, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Secretary of State John H. Merrill announced the digitization of nearly 200 years of Legislative Acts. This was accomplished as a collaboration…

Published on April 21, 2017

Alabama Senate Special Election Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a proclamation today moving the date of the special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney…

Published on April 18, 2017

Alabama Secretary of State’s Office Honored with Award for Mock Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office is delighted to announce that we were honored with The National Association of State Boards of Education…

Published on March 21, 2017

Secretary John Merrill Recognizes Steve Flowers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 27, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce the date of the NASS award ceremony that will be held in honor of Mr. Steve Flowers.…

Published on February 27, 2017

Senate Special Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - With the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions as the United States Attorney General a Special Election is now necessary to determine the person…

Published on February 14, 2017

Alabama State House District 67

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 3, 2017 - MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office is announcing the date of the Special General Election for House District 67. Prince Chestnutt won the…

Published on February 3, 2017

Alabama's New Uniform Pistol Permit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 2, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - State Law requires the Alabama Secretary of State’s office to work in consultation with the Alabama Sheriffs Association to create a uniform…

Published on February 2, 2017

Alabama Voter Record Refresh

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office has prepared and will soon begin to mail a voter contact post card to all 3.3 million registered voters…

Published on January 25, 2017

Alabama is Open for Business

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2017 - MONTGOMERY – Under the continued direction of Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, the Secretary of State’s Office has extended its 24-hour business…

Published on January 11, 2017

2016 Electoral College Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 13, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama's 2016 Electoral College Event is scheduled to take place in the Capitol's Old House Chamber on December 19, 2016. The ceremony is open…

Published on December 13, 2016

Statement on Ballot Error and Reprinting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 2, 2016 - MONTGOMERY – Today, Friday December 2, 2016 the Secretary of State’s Office was updated on the final costs incurred related to the reprinting of the ballot…

Published on December 2, 2016

Information on Poll Watchers in Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2016 - MONTGOMERY – The purpose of this release is to provide much needed information to the people of Alabama regarding poll watchers in the State of Alabama. The…

Published on November 2, 2016

Record Voter Registration Numbers In Alabama!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 31, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - The deadline for Alabamians to register to vote has passed. As of today we have registered more than 584,252 making the total number of…

Published on October 31, 2016

2016 Mock Election Results!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 28, 2016 - MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s statewide Student Mock Election was held October 25th between 8 AM and 3 PM and closed with an impressive 174,125 total votes from 441…

Published on October 28, 2016

Casting a "Write-In" Vote Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 28, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - This release is intended to provide much needed information regarding the proper procedures for casting a “write-in” vote. Please share this…

Published on October 28, 2016

2016 Mock Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 24, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - Secretary of State John H. Merrill reminds all principals, teachers, superintendents, and 4th – 12th grade students that the statewide Student…

Published on October 24, 2016

Statement from Secretary Merrill on Alabama Elections and Cyber Security 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - "In response to concerns that have been raised regarding the security of the voter rolls in the state of Alabama, I have asked for our election…

Published on October 14, 2016

Helping Businesses in Alabama

IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - Under the direction of Secretary John Merrill the Secretary of State’s Office has worked to more expeditiously process the large volume of business…

Published on October 14, 2016

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Teams with the Legislature and Probate Judges to Ensure Voter Readiness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 1, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - In an effort to ensure that eligible Alabama citizens are able to vote, Alabama’s Secretary of State John H. Merrill has asked the members of the…

Published on August 1, 2016

Alabama Secretary of State Initiates ERIC Mailing Assistance Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 28, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - On Thursday, Secretary of State John Merrill announced that approximately 1.2 million eligible Alabamians who are either not registered to vote or…

Published on July 28, 2016

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Teams with the Legislature and Probate Judges to Ensure Voter Readiness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 27, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - In an effort to ensure that eligible Alabama citizens are able to vote, Alabama’s Secretary of State John H. Merrill has asked the members of the…

Published on July 27, 2016

Alabama Secretary of State Releases Video Encouraging Voter Registration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 27, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - On Wednesday, the Office of the Secretary of State released a video aimed at encouraging eligible U.S. citizens that are residents of Alabama to…

Published on July 27, 2016

Student Mock Election Convention at the American Village

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 11, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - A Student Mock Election Convention at the American Village will be held on July 12th and 13th. Students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 as of the fall…

Published on July 11, 2016

Secretary Merrill Releases Details for Business Pre-Filings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 11, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - On Monday, Secretary of State John Merrill released details on the participation for electronic business filings. Originally, domestic LLCs (…

Published on July 11, 2016

Nation's Secretaries of State to Convene for NASS 2016 Summer Conference in Nashville, Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 7, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - WHO: State government leaders from 40 states and the U.S. Territorial Island of Guam will gather in Nashville, Tennessee on July 14-17 for the…

Published on July 7, 2016

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Teams with the Legislature and Probate Judges to Ensure Voter Readiness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 6, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - In an effort to ensure that eligible Alabama citizens are able to vote, Alabama’s Secretary of State John H. Merrill has asked the members of the…

Published on July 6, 2016

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Teams with the Legislature and Probate Judges to Ensure Voter Readiness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2016 - MONTGOMERY – In an effort to ensure that eligible Alabama citizens are able to vote, Alabama’s Secretary of State John H. Merrill has asked the members of the…

Published on June 28, 2016

Secretary John Merrill Recognizes Judge John H. England, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 24, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - On June 24, 2016, Secretary Merrill recognized Judge John H. England, Jr. of Tuscaloosa by awarding him the National Association of Secretaries of…

Published on June 24, 2016

Special Election Timeline for House District 79

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 17, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - On Friday, Governor Robert Bentley released a proclamation outlining the timeline to fill the vacant House District 79 seat in the Alabama House of…

Published on June 17, 2016

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Releases Searchable Digitized Acts of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - Following an idea recently made by the Executive Budget Office, Secretary of State John Merrill directed his IT staff to make searchable the Acts of…

Published on May 27, 2016

Secretary of State John Merrill Announces Vote for Alabama App

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - On Thursday, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced that the state of Alabama has launched efforts to implement a Vote for Alabama app,…

Published on May 19, 2016

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Teams with the Legislature and Probate Judges to Ensure Voter Readiness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 17, 2016 - MONTGOMERY - In an effort to ensure that eligible Alabama citizens are able to vote, Alabama’s Secretary of State John H. Merrill has asked the members of the…

Published on May 17, 2016

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