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Attorney General Issues Opinion on Postponing Alabama’s March 31 Runoff

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has issued a lengthy opinion regarding whether the state can legally delay the March 31 runoffs because of coronavirus.  Secretary of State John Merrill had sought Marshall’s opinion after several groups called on the runoffs to be delayed to keep voters and poll workers away from each other. Marshall says Gov. Kay Ivey has the…

Secretary of State Merrill Talks Cybersecurity, Trip to Israel

Alabama’s Secretary of State John Merrill is speaking out about keeping voters as cyber secure as possible in the state’s 2020 election cycle. “One of the things that we’re dedicated to doing is to ensuring that when you cast your ballot for the candidate of your choice, it’s going to count for the candidate of your choice,” Merrill said. Merrill…

John Merrill Expected to Announce Tuesday Whether He’ll Run for U.S. Senate

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has scheduled an announcement for Tuesday morning in Montgomery. He is expected to announce whether he’ll seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2020. The seat is currently held by Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. Jones wants to keep the seat, which he won by defeating Republican Roy Moore in a special election in…

Alabama Elections Chief Sued for Blocking People on Twitter

Suit filed against Alabama Secretary of State

  A lawsuit has been filed against Alabama’s secretary of state for blocking people on Twitter. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by three people who said Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill had blocked them from his Twitter account “because of opinions they expressed or questions they asked.” American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama Director Randall Marshall said Merrill largely…

Secretary of State Explains Reason for Voting Issues in Montgomery

"Mechanical-Electronic-Human" mistake

As Alabama News Network has reported, State Rep. John Knight (D-Montgomery) says he had problems while trying to vote in the state runoffs on Tuesday. Apparently, he wasn’t alone. Alabama Sec. of State John Merrill confirms to Alabama News Network  nearly two dozen people in Montgomery had similar problems at the polls. Knight is a Democrat and wanted to vote…

Election Registration 101

Making sure reporter's voting stories will be accurate.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill briefed political reporters today, including Alabama News Network’s Tim Lennox, about issues involved in voter registration and voting.   Merrill says sometime in coming weeks he’ll be sending out a news release about a million voters being added to the registration lists since January 19, 2015, though he says some names have also been…

Constitutional Amendments will be the November Ballot

They're numbered 1 through 4, but The 1901 Constitution has been amended more than 900 times.

Secretary of State John Merrill signed four proposed amendments to Alabama’s 1901 Constitution. But voters will have the final say. It has already been amended more than 900 times and is the longest state constitution in the United States. Proposed amendment #1 Allows posting of the 10 Commandments in public buildings, including schools. Proposed amendment #2 Designates Alabama a “Pro-Life”…

State Urges Judge to Let Voter ID Law Stand

Alabama’s secretary of state is urging a federal judge to let Alabama’s voter ID law stand. Secretary of State John Merrill, in a court filing last week, argued that Alabama has one of the most inclusive photo ID laws in the nation. The state since 2014 has required voters to present photo identification at the polls. Merrill’s attorneys argued that…