By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
The Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, Bill Armistead, announced on Friday that they had a plan to protect ballot security across the state in Tuesday’s election. Chairman Armistead said, “Despite what Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Mark Kennedy would have you believe, voter fraud is alive and well in Alabama, and the Alabama Republican Party will do all we can this Tuesday to ensure that the letter of the law is followed at the ballot boxes in Alabama.”
Chairman Armistead said, “We want every person in Alabama who is eligible to vote to be able to go to their voting location on Tuesday and vote their conscience. It is important to make sure that every voter’s voice is heard, and the way to do that is to make sure that every vote is counted. It is also important to make sure that no voter is disenfranchised by allowing fraudulent votes to cancel them out.”
To that end Armistead has appointed Paul Alexander from Dallas County, to lead these efforts. Alexander said, “I’m honored by the trust that Chairman Armistead has placed in me and I am determined to do my very best to ensure that no voter in Alabama is defrauded or disenfranchised. We are paying special attention to the absentee ballot boxes and history has shown that this is where voter fraud is most likely to happen.”
Paul Alexander is a small business owner and is the ALGOP’s Vice Chairman of the 7th Congressional District. Working with Republican Party County Chairmen and Ballot Security Officials, Alexander has drawn up a comprehensive plan to make sure the procedures are correctly implemented on election day.
The Republican Party will have Poll watchers and workers present at precincts throughout the state and will have a team of ballot security lawyers stationed at Alabama Republican headquarters in Hoover, AL on election night to receive calls regarding voter fraud concerns. There will also be a toll free ballot security hotline. If you witness what you think is voter fraud Chairman Armistead is asking you to call 877-314-9314 to report it.
Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Mark Kennedy meanwhile is concerned that voters are being given misinformation about straight party voting. Chairman Kennedy said in his blog, “Voters across the state are coming to the conclusion that voting the straight Democratic ticket results in their vote not counting for President Obama and Vice-President Biden.
Chairman Kennedy said, “It would appear that there is an underground effort to confuse voters across Alabama; making them think that if they want to support the President they should only vote for him and not vote for the rest of the Democratic ticket. We believe that this is a deliberate effort by Republicans in Alabama to hurt statewide and county-level Democratic candidates.”
Chairman Kennedy said, “They’ve got it wrong. One dot does it all. Voting the straight Democratic ticket means you are casting your vote for President Obama and Vice President Biden in addition to your county officials and judges.” Kennedy said that voters should report any one giving erroneous voting information to the Alabama Democratic Party at 1-800-995-6474. “Anyone deliberately trying to confuse or intimidate voters will be held accountable by the Democratic Party to the fullest extent of the law,” vowed Kennedy.
Chairman Armistead said, “Honest and transparent elections should not be a partisan issue. We are committed to ensuring that the rights of every voter in Alabama are protected, whether Republican or Democrat.”