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.”