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Information on Poll Watchers in Alabama


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 Code of Alabama allows for poll watchers to observe inside polling locations under Alabama Code Section 17-8-7. The section specifically limits poll watchers to people who are residents of Alabama and be nominated by a party with a candidate on the ballot. Additionally, the name of each poll watcher shall be submitted to an inspector by the county executive committee or nominees for office.

In section (b) of the Code, poll watchers are given specific rights, which are listed below.

Poll Watchers shall have the right to:

  1. Observe the conduct of the election.
  2. Monitor the preliminaries of opening the polls.
  3. Remain at the polling place throughout the election until the results of the election have been posted and the voting machines sealed, as provided by law.
  4. Observe the ballots as they are counted.
  5. Observe absentee ballots and affidavits when they are called during the count.
  6. See all oaths administered and signed, the record of assisted voters, the list of qualified voters, the poll lists, and any and all records made in connection with the election.

Further, poll watchers may not disturb voters, attempt to influence voters, campaign, or display or wear any campaign material or buttons while inside any polling place.

Under no circumstances will any form of voter intimidation be tolerated, and I will do everything in my power to ensure anyone caught involved in an act that can be considered voter intimidation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Anyone voting on Election Day that observes or is a victim of voter intimidation in their polling location should first report it at and then call (334) 242-7210 if the problem persists.