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Armistead to Joe Reed: Put Politics Aside and Help Ensure Fair Elections

By Bill Armistead
Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Joe Reed, Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party Delegation, spoke for the Alabama Democratic Party delegates last night when he announced that all 69 delegates cast their vote for  Barack Obama as their Presidential nominee. He also took the opportunity to make the claim that Republicans in Alabama were attempting to eliminate the right to vote.

Reed said, “[Alabama]is a state where the Republicans have a grand design to suppress, dilute, undermine and eliminate the right to vote.”

“Joe Reed’s statement is an insult to all Alabamians,” said Bill Armistead, Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. “Outrageous.  Over the top. And in this case, completely untrue. The idea that Alabama Republicans desire to ‘eliminate the right to vote’  just shows how low the Democrats will stoop to win an election. He seems to have joined DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in an alternate universe.

“Republicans in Alabama have fought, and will continue to fight, for the right for every legal citizen in Alabama to safely cast their ballots on election day. We believe in a transparent system that ensures that one person equals one vote and that no one is disenfranchised by voter fraud,” Armistead continued.

“Joe Reed is more interested in preserving the right of the additional 25% of the 125% of the population in Uniontown that turned out to vote last Tuesday,” Armistead stated. “That math doesn’t add up and it’s time to stop pretending that voter fraud doesn’t exist in Alabama.”

“And I will once again remind Alabama Democratic Party leaders of what former Alabama Democratic Congressman Artur Davis told the Montgomery Advertiser earlier this year, ‘The truth is that the most aggressive contemporary voter suppression in the African American community, at least in Alabama, is the wholesale manufacture of ballots, at the polls and absentee, in parts of the Black Belt.’

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“Joe, stop the divisive, partisan rhetoric. Follow Artur’s example. Put politics aside and ensure fair and transparent elections for all voters, regardless of political party,” concluded Armistead.

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