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Alabama poll workers get first ever elections guide

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Municipal poll workers in Alabama for the first time will have a printed guide this year helping them navigate the details of election procedures. 

The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office and the Alabama League of Municipalities created the 16-page guide to help train poll workers and to answer questions that workers may have, according to a press release from the Secretary of State’s Office on Monday. 

“Education is of utmost importance when it comes to election training. I am grateful for our collaboration with the League to publish this informative document that will ensure a smoother and more efficient elections process for the 463 municipalities across the state,” Secretary of State John Merrill said in a statement. 

The guide notes state laws regarding election security, photography in polling places, checking in voters and loitering, among other topics. 

The League is to mail printed copies of the guide to each municipality prior to the 2020 municipal elections, but a digital version can be found here

“The creation of the Alabama Municipal Election Polling Official Guide will ensure consistency and integrity throughout the election process,” said Greg Cochran, League of Municipalities executive director.

“Democracy is the foundation of our country and the League is pleased to collaborate with the Secretary of State on this important guide.”

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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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