chief election official announced his support for a five-bill legislative
package in the upcoming legislative session Friday including a measure to help insure
military votes are counted on time for the 2014 election cycle.
Secretary of State Jim Bennett said the bill, to be sponsored by Sen. Bryan
Taylor (R- Prattville) and Rep. Ron Johnson (R-Sylacauga), moves the election
calendar back to allow absentee election managers enough time to process
ballots of military personnel and overseas workers. The State of Alabama is
currently involved in litigation with the US Department of Justice over
military and overseas ballots.
“This is our number one objective for the legislative session opening Tuesday,”
Bennett said. “We can do no less than to assure our soldiers have their votes
Bennett is also supporting bills to:
Alabama to join a compact of states checking for registration duplications.
the purchase a voter address record of someone who has been a victim of
domestic violence showing their new address.
that identification in the absentee ballot process to be transmitted with the
ballot application rather than with the ballot itself. Some voters are
mistakenly placing their IDs including actual driver’s licenses into security
envelopes that cannot be opened without the ID first being seen.
registrars to investigate written reports a voter may have moved or died as
submitted by poll workers. The bill is also supported by the Alabama Probate