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Woman charged in voter fraud appointed to board of registrars


A woman who pleaded guilty surrounding a voter fraud investigation was recently appointed to Hale County Board of Registrars by Ivey administration.

Rosie Lyles, in 2007, was charged with felony voter fraud in Hale County but was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor.

Lyles, along with Valada Paige Banks, was indicted in August 2007 “on multiple felony counts of promoting illegal absentee voting during special elections in Hale County in 2004 and 2005,” according to a report from Tuscaloosa News.

“We have recently been made aware of her misdemeanor from a decade ago, and we had notified the Secretary of State’s Office,” said Gov. Ivey’s press secretary Gina Maiola.

“She did plead guilty over a decade ago to voter fraud, but because she was not convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, she is technically still qualified to serve as a registrar,” according to Grace Newcombe, Secretary of State John Merrill’s press secretary. “However our legal counsel is looking into this still and we are still investigating the situation, but technically she is still qualified to serve.”

Lyles was prosecuted by then-Attorney General Troy King.


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Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.



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