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UPDATE: Crossover Voting Information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  November 17, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - At the conclusion of the 2017 United States Senate Special Election Run-off, the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office reviewed a formal,…

Published on November 17, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Provides Update on 2016 FCPA Annual Report Violators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  NOVEMBER 8, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - For the first time since the Alabama Legislature created the Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA), the Alabama Secretary of State's Office…

Published on November 8, 2017

Update on Crossover Voting Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  NOVEMBER 6, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Today is the deadline for 41 Alabama Counties to return information to the Alabama Secretary of State's Office on the 674 voters that were…

Published on November 6, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Shares Information on HD 21 Special Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  October 16, 2017 MONTGOMERY - Please see the link below for the Proclamation from Governor Ivey's Office on HD 21. The election calendar for this race will be available on the…

Published on October 16, 2017

Governor Ivey Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storm Nate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  October 05, 2017 MONTGOMERY - Please see the link below for the Proclamation from Governor Ivey's Office on the State of Emergency Declaration made in advance of Tropical…

Published on October 5, 2017

Secretary Merrill Releases Proclamation for the Senate District 26 Special Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  October 02, 2017 MONTGOMERY - Please see the link below for the Proclamation from Governor Ivey's Office on SD 4. The election calendar for this race will be available on the…

Published on October 2, 2017

Proclamation From Governor Kay Ivey On Special Election for House District 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 29, 2017 - Please follow the link below to view the proclamation from Governor Kay Ivey's Office regarding the Special Election for Alabama State House District 4…

Published on September 29, 2017

Letter From Secretary Merrill on Crossover Voting

September 26, 2017   This morning, reports from several voting locations have indicated that poll workers have been identified assisting or allowing voters, which were marked as having cast a…

Published on September 26, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Releases Information Regarding Potential Breaches in State of Alabama Systems

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 22, 2017 MONTGOMERY - Recent information has been presented to Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill regarding the potential system compromises due to Russian…

Published on September 22, 2017

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Releases Information Reminding Voters of New Crossover Voting Rules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 18, 2017 MONTGOMERY - On September 26, 2017, voters will return to the polls to make a final selection for the candidate they want to represent the Republican party…

Published on September 18, 2017

Governor Ivey Issues Executive Order Extending the Voter Registration Deadline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 11, 2017 MONTGOMERY - Due to state and county office closures caused by Hurricane Irma, voter registration applications can now be submitted electronically via:…

Published on September 11, 2017

Senate Special Election Runoff Registration Deadlines

September 6, 2017 MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State is reminding Alabamians that the last day to register to vote is Monday, September 11, 2017. Voters intending to participate in the September…

Published on September 6, 2017

Online Business Filings Now Available in Alabama

For Immediate Release   August 24, 2017 MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce a new online filing tool for businesses to submit filing documentation online…

Published on August 24, 2017

Inactive Voters - Voter Record Refresh Information

Beginning in January of 2017, as required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), the Alabama Secretary of State's Office began a process of contacting all 3.3 million registered Alabama…

Published on August 16, 2017

Secretary Merrill Releases Information Regarding the Restoration of Felony Voting Rights

August 4, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill would like to remind the People of Alabama of a law change passed by the Alabama State Legislature in the 2017 Legislative…

Published on August 7, 2017

The Elimination of Crossover Voting in Alabama

By Secretary of State John H. Merrill August 4, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - In the State of Alabama, primary elections serve as the preliminary process by which candidates are nominated to represent either…

Published on August 7, 2017

Secretary John H. Merrill Named NASS Vice President of the Southern Region

July 13, 2017 MONTGOMERY - The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is the oldest non-partisan group public officials in the United States.  The group consists of appointed and elected…

Published on July 13, 2017

Secretary Merrill Announces Renewed Deadline for FCPA Monthly Reports

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - Due to the extension of the July 4th holiday, which was ordered by Governor Kay Ivey, the Alabama Secretary of State's Office has extended the deadline for the June 2017…

Published on July 5, 2017

Secretary Merrill Responds to Questions About Letter from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

The office of the Secretary of State understands that voter fraud is an incredibly important issue that citizens of this state take seriously. Secretary of State John H. Merrill is committed to…

Published on June 30, 2017

Secretary Merrill Announces New Reporting Requirements for FCPA Filers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 30, 2017 MONTGOMERY - As a part of our continued efforts to supply more accountability and transparency in the area of campaign finance reporting, Secretary Merrill has…

Published on June 30, 2017

The Business Services Division in the Office of the Secretary of State establishes new standard for consistency and public service expectations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 27, 2017 MONTGOMERY - Historically, the Business Services Division in the office of the Secretary of State has always processed its paperwork days, weeks, and even months…

Published on June 27, 2017

UPDATE: Alabama Secretary of State Releases Names of Fair Campaign Practices Act Violators

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   June 2, 2017 MONTGOMERY - Several weeks ago Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill released the names of 92 campaign committees which had yet to file a 2016 annual…

Published on June 2, 2017

Alabama Secretary of State Releases Names of Fair Campaign Practices Act Violators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   MONTGOMERY (May 1, 2017) – The Alabama Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA) governs how local and state candidates and Political Action Committees (PACs) spend and receive…

Published on May 1, 2017

Nearly 200 Years of Legislative Acts Now Available Online!

MONTGOMERY, April 21, 2017 – Secretary of State John H. Merrill announced the digitization of nearly 200 years of Legislative Acts. This was accomplished as a collaboration between the Office of the…

Published on April 21, 2017

Alabama Senate Special Election Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONTGOMERY, April 18, 2017 –Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a proclamation today moving the date of the special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney…

Published on April 18, 2017

Alabama Secretary of State’s Office Honored with Award for Mock Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   March 21, 2017 MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office is delighted to announce that we were honored with The National Association of State Boards of Education…

Published on March 21, 2017

Secretary John Merrill Recognizes Steve Flowers

Secretary Merrill awards Steve Flowers with the NASS Medallion Award Montgomery, AL, February 28, 2017– Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce the date of the NASS award ceremony…

Published on February 27, 2017

Senate Special Election

February 14, 2017 Alabama Secretary of State  Secretary Merrill Cell: 334.328.2787 Communications: 334.220.4757 MONTGOMERY - With the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions as the United States…

Published on February 14, 2017

Alabama State House District 67

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office is announcing the date of the Special General Election for House District 67. Prince Chestnutt won the democratic primary…

Published on February 3, 2017

Alabama's New Uniform Pistol Permit

  State Law requires the Alabama Secretary of State’s office to work in consultation with the Alabama Sheriffs Association to create a uniform pistol permit for residents of the state of Alabama.…

Published on February 2, 2017

Alabama Voter Record Refresh

The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office has prepared and will soon begin to mail a voter contact post card to all 3.3 million registered voters. This mailing is being completed at the direction of…

Published on January 25, 2017

Alabama Voter Record Refresh

The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office has prepared and will soon begin to mail a voter contact post card to all 3.3 million registered voters. This mailing is being completed at the direction of…

Published on January 25, 2017

Alabama is Open for Business

MONTGOMERY – Under the continued direction of Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, the Secretary of State’s Office has extended its 24-hour business filing successes for a total of 26 weeks (6…

Published on January 11, 2017

2016 Electoral College Event

  MONTGOMERY - Alabama's 2016 Electoral College Event is scheduled to take place in the Capitol's Old House Chamber on December 19, 2016. The ceremony is open to the public and will begin at 12:00 p…

Published on December 13, 2016

Statement on Ballot Error and Reprinting

MONTGOMERY – Today, Friday December 2, 2016 the Secretary of State’s Office was updated on the final costs incurred related to the reprinting of the ballot for the November 8 General Election.  The…

Published on December 2, 2016

Information on Poll Watchers in Alabama

MONTGOMERY – The purpose of this release is to provide much needed information to the people of Alabama regarding poll watchers in the State of Alabama. The Code of Alabama allows for poll watchers…

Published on November 2, 2016

Record Voter Registration Numbers In Alabama!

  The deadline for Alabamians to register to vote has passed. As of today we have registered more than 584,252 making the total number of registered voters in the state a record 3,330,802 Alabamians…

Published on October 31, 2016

2016 Mock Election Results!

MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s statewide Student Mock Election was held October 25th between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and closed with an impressive 174,125 total votes from 441 public, private, parochial/Christian…

Published on October 28, 2016

Casting a "Write-In" Vote Press Release

This release is intended to provide much needed information regarding the proper procedures for casting a “write-in” vote. Please share this information with the public so that we can make sure to…

Published on October 28, 2016

2016 Mock Election

MONTGOMERY - Secretary of State John Merrill reminds all principals, teachers, superintendents, and 4th – 12th grade students that the statewide Student Mock Election will be held tomorrow, October…

Published on October 24, 2016

Statement from Secretary Merrill on Alabama Elections and Cyber Security 

MONTGOMERY - "In response to concerns that have been raised regarding the security of the voter rolls in the state of Alabama, I have asked for our election systems vendor to complete a comprehensive…

Published on October 14, 2016

Helping Businesses in Alabama

MONTGOMERY - Under the direction of Secretary John Merrill the Secretary of State’s Office has worked to more expeditiously process the large volume of business filings coming in from throughout…

Published on October 14, 2016

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Teams with the Legislature and Probate Judges to Ensure Voter Readiness

In an effort to ensure that eligible Alabama citizens are able to vote, Alabama’s Secretary of State John H. Merrill has asked the members of the Legislature, as well as all Probate Judges to provide…

Published on August 1, 2016

Alabama Secretary of State Initiates ERIC Mailing Assistance Program

On Thursday, Secretary of State John Merrill announced that approximately 1.2 million eligible Alabamians who are either not registered to vote or in need of updating voter registration information…

Published on July 28, 2016

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Teams with the Legislature and Probate Judges to Ensure Voter Readiness

In an effort to ensure that eligible Alabama citizens are able to vote, Alabama’s Secretary of State John H. Merrill has asked the members of the Legislature, as well as all Probate Judges to provide…

Published on July 27, 2016

Alabama Secretary of State Releases Video Encouraging Voter Registration

On Wednesday, the Office of the Secretary of State released a video aimed at encouraging eligible U.S. citizens that are residents of Alabama to register to vote, as well as update their voter…

Published on July 27, 2016

Student Mock Election Convention at the American Village

A Student Mock Election Convention at the American Village will be held on July 12th and 13th. Students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 as of the fall 2016 school year in public, private, parochial or…

Published on July 11, 2016

Secretary Merrill Releases Details for Business Pre-Filings

On Monday, Secretary of State John Merrill released details on the participation for electronic business filings. Originally, domestic LLCs (limited liability companies) were only accepted in the…

Published on July 11, 2016

Nation's Secretaries of State to Convene for NASS 2016 Summer Conference in Nashville, Tennessee

WHO: State government leaders from 40 states and the U.S. Territorial Island of Guam will gather in Nashville, Tennessee on July 14-17 for the annual summer meeting of the National Association of…

Published on July 7, 2016

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Teams with the Legislature and Probate Judges to Ensure Voter Readiness

In an effort to ensure that eligible Alabama citizens are able to vote, Alabama’s Secretary of State John H. Merrill has asked the members of the Legislature, as well as all Probate Judges to provide…

Published on July 6, 2016

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Teams with the Legislature and Probate Judges to Ensure Voter Readiness

MONTGOMERY – In an effort to ensure that eligible Alabama citizens are able to vote, Alabama’s Secretary of State John H. Merrill has asked the members of the Legislature, as well as all Probate…

Published on June 28, 2016

Secretary John Merrill Recognizes Judge John H. England, Jr.

On June 24, 2016, Secretary Merrill recognized Judge John H. England, Jr. of Tuscaloosa by awarding him the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award. The NASS Medallion…

Published on June 24, 2016

Special Election Timeline for House District 79

On Friday, Governor Robert Bentley released a proclamation outlining the timeline to fill the vacant House District 79 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. House District 79, which covers…

Published on June 17, 2016

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Releases Searchable Digitized Acts of Alabama

Following an idea recently made by the Executive Budget Office, Secretary of State John Merrill directed his IT staff to make searchable the Acts of Alabama on the Secretary of State’s website.…

Published on May 27, 2016

Secretary of State John Merrill Announces Vote for Alabama App

On Thursday, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced that the state of Alabama has launched efforts to implement a Vote for Alabama app, available to all iPhones and Androids. The Vote for…

Published on May 19, 2016

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Teams with the Legislature and Probate Judges to Ensure Voter Readiness

In an effort to ensure that eligible Alabama citizens are able to vote, Alabama’s Secretary of State John H. Merrill has asked the members of the Legislature, as well as all Probate Judges to provide…

Published on May 17, 2016