FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – This morning, Secretary of State John H. Merrill, in collaboration with Alabama Farmers Federation and ALFA Insurance, introduced the Vote to Honor a Veteran initiative to give Alabamians the opportunity to express their respect and appreciation through voting in honor of a veteran when heading to the polls.
“Alabama is home to more than 380,000 veterans. These brave Americans have defended our right to vote and I am thrilled to offer Alabamians the opportunity to pay a public tribute to a veteran or active duty service member through offering this online portal to submit testimonials!” stated Secretary of State John H. Merrill.
Upon submitting a testimonial, Alabamians will be sent a lapel pin and bumper sticker in the mail, if they are interested, so they can express their support and appreciation year-round.
The Secretary of State’s Office is extremely grateful to the Alabama Farmers Federation and ALFA Insurance who has helped to make this project possible through providing resources and assistance.
“We are so supportive of the veterans of this state and this nation. I think we owe it to these veterans to be an informed voter. They fought so we could vote and have a free nation,” said Alabama Farmers Federation and ALFA Insurance President Jimmy Parnell. “I appreciate Secretary Merrill for initiating this program, and I hope it will make each of us think a little deeper about what we are doing when we go to vote.”
Secretary Merrill was joined by Mark Kelley of Election Systems & Software, Lieutenant Colonel Iris Hurd-Hunter, Tamara Cofield, ALFA and Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Sergeant Major Harold Jones, and Mylinda Jones Brown.
Starting November 3, 2020, voters will have the opportunity to select a new sticker expressing their support for veterans when casting their ballot at the polls.
“Voters will now be able to show their appreciation for our veterans each time they head to the polls,” continued Merrill. “We are extremely grateful to Election Systems & Software’s Birmingham Office for working with our office to provide these stickers to voters across the state.”