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Secretary Merrill Recognizes Thomas Damsgard as One Millionth Electronically Registered Voter in the State


Monday, February 3, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – Earlier today, Secretary of State John H. Merrill visited Thompson High School in Alabaster to recognize Thomas Damsgard, the one millionth electronically registered voter in the State of Alabama.

Thomas, who turned 18 in January, recently used our online voter registration system ( to register to vote.


“Thanks to the help of Alabaster City School System Superintendent, Dr. Wayne Vickers, and Thompson High School Principal, Dr. Wesley Hester, for organizing this morning’s ceremony in which we recognized Thomas’ enthusiasm to participate in the electoral process, as well as encouraged voter registration and voter participation among Thompson’s eligible students,” stated Merrill.


Thomas was joined by his parents, brother, and grandparents, as well as more than three hundred Thompson High School seniors who are 18 years old or will be 18 before Election Day.

Secretary Merrill continued, “Our success in voter registration has been in large part due to the use of the online voter registration system in addition to our community outreach. I was excited to continue our visits to all 67 of Alabama’s counties by speaking with students in Shelby County today. I am always delighted to meet young people so eager to exercise their right to vote!”

In addition to visiting “” and the mobile app “Vote for Alabama”, Alabamians are able to register to vote by visiting their local board of registrars, the Office of the Secretary of State, or one of our many mobile photo ID units. For the list of counties we will soon be visiting, please visit our website or contact our office at (334) 242-7210.