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Secretary of State John H. Merrill Applauds Electric Companies for Restoring Power to Alabama Polling Places


Monday, November 2, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – The following is a direct statement from Secretary of State John H. Merrill on recent efforts to restore power to Alabama’s polling places:

“Following the power outages caused by Hurricane Zeta, electric companies across the State of Alabama have stepped up to see that no polling place is left without power on Election Day.

“After working with our office, Director Brian Hastings of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and local election officials to locate polling places without power, Alabama’s electric companies have been accessible and accommodating to see that every eligible voter has the ability to cast his or her ballot tomorrow – either through restoring power or providing generators to areas affected by the hurricane.

“We are incredibly appreciative of the efforts of these brave power workers and those who have made themselves available to protect our democracy. Notably, we are grateful to Mark Crosswhite, CEO of Alabama Power, Gary Smith, President of PowerSouth, Fred Braswell, President of Alabama Rural Electric Association, Jeff Lyash, President of Tennessee Valley Authority, and Fred Clark, President of Alabama Municipal Electric Authority.

“Voters should be reminded to visit to check their polling places.”