Secretary of State issues publication targeting voting and electoral disinformation


Alabama Secretary of State’s office freed a 31-page information publication Thursday directed against electoral disinformation and misconceptions.

The publication, compiled by the Alabama Secretary of State’s Election Division, provides facts and clarification on a number of falsehoods on Election Day and Post-Election Day. The slideshow includes statistics on voting, registration and participation, as well as multiple breakdowns in the security and voting processes.

“In an age of disinformation and disinformation, voters around the world need to be reminded that election officials are the trusted sources of election information,” Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said, in the publication. “Our office works diligently every day to ensure that voters in Alabama are informed of the most accurate and up-to-date information relating to the election.

“Misleading information is disseminated daily via social media and text messaging, and it is important for voters to know that is their trusted source for election information.”

According to the publication, 73 percent, or 1,387,343 Alabama voters, have registered to vote online or through the mobile app since 2015.

Also since 2015, 1,282,990 voters have been struck off the electoral roll, with 3,599,224 people currently registered to vote in the state of Alabama.

For the 2020 general election, 62.8%, or 2,329,114 registered voters, voted on polling day, of which 13.1% were postal ballots.

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The previous state legislative session saw Alabama lawmakers introduce a plethora of voting related bills, spending eight in total during the session. The majority of the eight bills enacted focused on voting security and increasing penalties for electoral fraud and misconduct, keeping pace with the flow of similar bills increasing criminal penalties for electoral misconduct submitted and enacted in the legislatures of majority Republican states following the 2020 election.

A national survey conducted by Reuters and Ipsos Group between May 17 and 19, 2021, found that 61% of Republicans believe the 2021 presidential election was “stolen” from Republican candidate Donald Trump. Another 56 percent of Republicans believe the election was marred by illegal voting.


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