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


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.

Secretary of State John H. Merrill is committed to doing everything in his power to ensure that the integrity and the security of the elections process is secure. To that end, this office will not share any information not already available to the public.

Voter fraud is an issue that is not only relevant to the state of Alabama, but to our entire nation. Ensuring an honest, safe, and credible elections process for the great citizens of Alabama is a job our office does not take lightly.

The growing concerns that have been raised surrounding election integrity are exactly what was addressed in a letter this office received from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who serves as Vice Chair for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

This commission is charged with studying the registration and voting processes used in federal elections and submitting a report to the President of the United States that identifies laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices that enhance or undermine the American people’s confidence in the integrity of federal elections processes.

The information that has been requested by the commission, which is already publicly available for purchase from the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office, will be used to improve voter roll integrity. The Secretary of State’s Office will comply with the request if we are convinced that the overall effort will produce the necessary results to accomplish the Commission’s stated goal without compromising the integrity of the voter rolls and the elections process in Alabama.

If you have any additional questions or concerns please contact John Bennett, Deputy Chief of Staff, at (334) 220-4757.