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Lawsuit: Alabama Congressional Map ‘Racially Gerrymandered’

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lawsuit is challenging Alabama’s congressional districts as racially gerrymandered, saying the district boundaries limit Black voters’ influence in all but one congressional districts. The lawsuit filed Tuesday argues that Alabama should have a second district with significant Black voter influence. The lawsuit was filed by two state senators and several voters was filed ahead of…

Gov. Kay Ivey Issues Statement on Sec. of State John Merrill

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has announced that he will not run for any elected office next year after saying he made poor choices that impacted his family. Merrill is a prominent state Republican leader who was widely viewed as having higher political ambitions. He told The Associated Press by phone Wednesday that he made choices that were not…

Alabama Certifies Election Results, Record Absentee Voting

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama officials certified election results that included a record number of absentee ballots cast during the COVID-19 pandemic. President Donald Trump easily won Alabama capturing 62% of the votes. Republican Tommy Tuberville defeated incumbent Sen. Doug Jones after winning about 60% of the vote. Secretary of State John Merrill said 318,000 absentee ballots were cast this…

Board to Certify Alabama Election Results on Monday

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s results from the Nov. 3 election will become official on Monday. The state canvassing board is set to meet at the Capitol Monday morning to certify results from each of Alabama’s 67 counties. The move will make President Donald Trump’s overwhelming victory in the state official over President-elect Joe Biden. It will also settle numerous…

Afternoon Update on Election Day at the Polls in Montgomery

It has already been a busy election day across Montgomery. People have stood in line in order to vote at many polling places. Montgomery County Probate Judge J.C. Love III says about 25,000 people in Montgomery County requested absentee ballots, which is about five times greater than a typical election. As of earlier today, about 23,000 homes in Alabama still…

Alabama Sec. of State Brings Update on Election Day on “Alabama News Rising”

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill was our guest on “Alabama News Rising” this morning to talk to us by phone about his expectations for Election Day in Alabama. Merrill says the latest numbers show more than 331,000 absentee ballots were requested for this election. He says so far, more than 300,000 have been returned.  More ballots should be added…

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…