Marked sample ballots found in Bullock County

December 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Secretary State John Merrill announced the discovery of marked sample ballots being distributed to voters in Bullock County on Tuesday.

“On Friday, December 1, 2017, at approximately 5:10 PM, Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill received a report from an official at the Roy Moore Campaign team indicating that there were sample ballots that had been marked for Doug Jones, the United States Senate candidate for the Democrat party, that were being distributed from the Probate Office in Union Springs,” The Secretary of State’s office said in a statement.
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Merrill says Alabama still won’t send voter info to Feds as Commission postpones data request

July 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON —  The Federal Commission created by President Donald Trump to audit the nation’s election system has postponed a controversial request to states seeking voter roles and personal voter data.

But it doesn’t look like it will change Alabama’s response.

The Commission vice chair, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, said in a Federal court filing Monday that the Commission has sent letters to all 50 secretaries of state directing them not to submit any sensitive voter data to the Commission.

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Bennett Urges Alabama to Join Compact of States Checking for Voter Duplication

April 17, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Based on recent evidence of double voting discovered in North Carolina, Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett (R) urged on Tuesday that Alabama legislators pass a bill allowing his office to exchange voter lists with other states to check for duplications.

Legislation that would have done that was sponsored by State Representative John Merrill (R) from Tuscaloosa in the last session.  It passed the Alabama House of Representatives but died in the Alabama Senate.  Secretary Bennett said that he remains committed to the plan under which a compact of 28 states exchange lists to look for duplicate voters.  Alabama law currently only allows the secretary of state to sell the voter list to other states for a penny a name, which with about 3 million voters, amounts to approximately $30,000.
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Merrill To File Bill Regulating Partisan Voter Drives

January 6, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are two ways to win an election:

One, identify your target voters, reach out to them with a narrative that resonates with them and that motivates them to come to the polls to vote for you and the message that you are delivering.

Two, identify the voters that are unlikely to vote for you and then act to neutralize those voters.  That second strategy is much harder actually to implement and follow, though Alabama made those sorts of tactics famous during decades of segregation where voter suppression, using both the power of the State as well as sometimes criminal brute force, disenfranchised Blacks and many poor Whites.
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Merill To File Bill Regulating Partisan Voter Drives

January 1, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are two ways to win an election: The first is to identify your target voters, reach out to them with a narrative that resonates with them and that motivates them to come to the polls to vote for you and the message that you are delivering.  The second is to identify the voters that are unlikely to vote for you and then act to neutralize those voters.
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Voter Fraud is Alive and Well in Alabama, GOP leadership speaks out

August 31, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Uniontown Alabama is one of the most impoverished places in the country. The economy of the agriculturally rich Black Belt town arguably never really recovered from Alabama’s transition from a labor intensive cotton economy. One thing Uniontown does lead in is voter participation. According to the 2010 census 1775 people live in the small town. 635 of those were 17 and under. In theory the maximum number of voting age people in the town is 1140 people, if no one forgot to vote, forgot to register, or were not eligible to vote due to past criminal records.
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