FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 – MONTGOMERY – Alabama Act 2021-448 recently became effective making double voting in the same or equivalent election, either in this state or in this state and another state, illegal.
Under previous state law, a voter could only be prosecuted for voting twice in the State of Alabama.
“Following the enactment of House Bill 167, it is now illegal for a voter to cast a ballot twice either in-state or out-of-state, strengthening the integrity of our elections and increasing confidence in the process,” stated Secretary of State John H. Merrill. “Since taking office, we have worked to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat, and I applaud Representative Chris Blackshear (R-Phenix City) and Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville) for their efforts to deter those looking to illegally influence elections.”
Violators of this law would be guilty, upon conviction, of a Class A misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation would be a Class C felony.
“After conversations with the Secretary of State’s Office and after hearing from constituents in my own district, which borders Georgia, it became apparent to me that double voting was either happening or being encouraged in this state,” noted bill sponsor Representative Chris Blackshear. “This legislation will protect the integrity and validity of each and every ballot cast in our state, further securing the state of Alabama elections.”
Following the 2018 General Election, the Electronic Registration Information Center notified the state of six individuals who had voted in Alabama and another state, who were then referred to the Attorney General’s Office.