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January 10, 2014
Secretary of State Jim Bennett Announces 2014 Legislative Package

            Alabama’s 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 counted.”

            Bennett is also supporting bills to:

-Allow Alabama to join a compact of states checking for registration duplications.

-Prohibit the purchase a voter address record of someone who has been a victim of domestic violence showing their new address.

-Require 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.

-Allow voter 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 Judge’s Association.

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For more information, visit Secretary of State Jim Bennett’s Web Site:  http://www.sos.alabama.gov/