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


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 Josh Moon of Alabama Political Reporter.  

An article published Wednesday morning by Josh Moon presented readers with the false claim that ‘Photo ID laws do not stop voter fraud.’

My friend, I’m here to tell you: yes, they do. Photo ID laws help ensure fair, safe, and secure elections by preventing voter fraud through identity theft.

Let me tell you why none of the ‘verifiable sources and studies’ he refers to include data on identity theft at the polls in Alabama: because it’s not happening.

Otherwise, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama would not have upheld Alabama’s Photo Identification Law in 2018. You may read the 69-page ruling here.

Otherwise, the Photo ID requirement would not be an Alabama Law.

Otherwise, our office would not have adjudicated 927 citizen submissions on voter fraud complaints. To view our chart for those complaints, please click here.

You see, Mr. Moon is entitled to his own opinion, but he is not entitled to his own facts.

Alabama’s voter laws and the ways in which the Alabama Secretary of State has worked to ensure fair and secure elections has changed the paradigm for voting in our state.

In the last four major elections, please note the following: 

On March 1, 2016, more than 1.25 million Alabamians voted, breaking every record in the history of the state for participation in a Presidential Primary.

On November 8, 2016, more than 2.1 million Alabamians voted, breaking every record in the history of the state for participation in a Presidential General Election.

On December 12, 2017, more than 1.3 million Alabamians voted and participated in the special U.S. Senate election, and on November 6, 2018, more than 1.7 million Alabamians voted, again breaking every record in the history of the state for a midterm general election.

Since the voter ID law went into effect, let it be noted that there has never been any recorded instance in which someone has been denied the right to vote for not having the proper credentials.

My goal as Alabama’s 53rd Secretary of State is to ensure that each and every eligible U.S. Citizen that is a resident of Alabama is registered to vote and receives a free photo ID. Our only goals when it comes to the administration of elections is to ensure that every Alabamian has access to participate in a fair and secure elections process and we encourage voter participation by ensuring that in each of Alabama’s 67 counties.

Since 2014, any citizen can obtain a free voter ID on any day that the courthouse is open by visiting the Board of Registrar’s Office and requesting an ID be provided for free. In the unlikely event that a citizen cannot visit their county courthouse, or one of the festivals we visit, or come to a community event we host in each county every year, we will go to their homes and provide them with a free voter ID. This is not required by federal law, but it is a service provided by our office.

If you have voter fraud concerns that you would like brought to the attention of the Secretary of State, please submit your concern online at

I am proud to have ensured that in Alabama we make it easy to vote and hard to cheat!


John H. Merrill

Alabama Secretary of State