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Merrill renews commitment to the Alabama Election Fairness Project

Secretary of State John Merrill (VIA SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE)

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced Thursday that the Alabama Election Fairness Project has been renewed in a Memorandum of Understanding between Alabama’s Secretary of State John Merrill, Attorney General Steve Marshall and Secretary of Law Enforcement Hal Taylor.

Since the memorandum’s inception in March 2015, the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office has closed 902 of 924 citizen complaint submissions regarding allegations of possible voter fraud, with 22 complaints still pending review. The effort has uncovered instances where voter fraud has occurred. Six convictions have resulted from voter fraud-related charges and two elections have been overturned, rendering those elections invalid.

The Alabama Election Fairness Project ensures that voting and election issues are handled fairly and equitably for all Alabama citizens.

“Our team is proud to have effectively proceeded in the continuation of fielding election fraud complaints in coordination with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Alabama Attorney General’s Office,” Merrill said. “I am committed to preserving the integrity of our elections process and am pleased to reinstate our commitment to The Alabama Election Fairness Project.”

For further details on the process of reporting suspected irregularities with the Fair Campaign Practices Act or to submit an allegation, please refer to the Alabama Secretary of State’s website here.

Secretary Merrill is serving in his second term as Alabama’s Secretary of State and is term limited from running again. Merrill previously served in the Alabama House of Representatives representing Tuscaloosa. Merrill recently said on a talk radio appearance that he will make a decision this month on whether or not he will run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Doug Jones.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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