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Alabama election official threatened with suit

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department is threatening to sue Alabama's secretary of state over Alabama not filing some mandatory election reports.

The Justice Department says Alabama didn't file reports after the 2004 and 2006 elections about how many military and other voters overseas applied for and cast absentee ballots.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman says the reports were not filed
by her predecessor and the information didn't exist when she took
office in 2007.

Chapman says she will file the information for the 2008 election
promptly, but she won't try to negotiate a settlement with the Justice Department over something that occurred before her term began.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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