Google removes misleading Highway 31 ads

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill  announced that he has been working with Google to remove recent ads from the internet that are seen as misleading to voters about the election process.

“Recent reports to the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office indicated the existence of an ad that was targeting Alabamians with incorrect or inaccurate information intent on confusing voters,”Secretary of State spokesman John Bennett wrote in a statement from the office.”The ad made claims that the candidate a voter casts their ballot for would be made public and would be shared with members of their community.”

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Court Decision Could Make Ballot Access Easier for Third Party Candidates

October 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are two major political parties and three significant minor political parties in this country. In theory, voters get to choose between the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, Green and Constitution Parties, plus Independent candidates when they vote. Alabama doesn’t really work that way. The way districts are gerrymandered based on race and political party preferences, there are a lot of districts where one of the two major political parties is so dominant they aren’t seriously going to be challenged by the other party and third parties don’t really have a realistic path to ballot access. Nowhere is this more true than in special elections, where independent and third party candidates only have a few weeks to get the signatures that the state requires for ballot access for a district no one knew was going to be vacant. That could be changing
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Confusion at End of House District 79 Race

September 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, September 22, 2016, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that Republican Primary winner Joe Lovvorn will be certified as the winner of the House District 79 (HD79) seat after the Secretary of State’s office determined that Libertarian candidate Gage Fenwick failed to get enough signatures from registered HD79 voters to qualify for ballot access.

On Friday, Fenwick then released a statement questioning the Merrill press release in which, “They stated that Libertarian Party candidate Gage Fenwick did not acquire enough verified signatures for ballot access. It was also stated that the number of signatures needed was 300 when the campaign was informed that it needed 276 signatures from Director of Elections Ed Packard back in July. There is now concern that the campaign was either given the wrong number to begin with or that a new standard was reached and the Secretary of State’s office failed to inform the campaign.”
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Alabama Not Affected By Court Ruling in Proof of Citizenship

September 13, 2016

By Brandon Moseley and Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

You have to be a US citizen in order to participate in the election process (either by birth or by completing the naturalization process). Everyone knows and understands this; but no one has been required to provide proof that they are actual citizens in order to participate.

That was about to change after the Executive Director Brian Newby of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) had granted the requests of Alabama, Georgia, and Kansas to include documentary proof of citizenship requirements in the state-specific instructions to the federal voter registration form, used for mail-in registration. On Friday, September 9, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit narrowly reversed (2-1) a lower court ruling and issued an injunction against imposing the requirement.
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