Secretary Merrill supports blocking curbside voting

Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 10:39 AM CDT
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By Cassie Fambro | July 1, 2020 at 9:23 PM CDT - Updated July 2 at 10:31 AM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The state of Alabama is taking its fight to block curbside voting to the Supreme Court.

A lower court ruled the state could not stop counties from choosing to offer curbside voting in mid-June.

Secretary Merrill supports the decision to block curbside voting, saying it’s not lawful.

“There is no definition for and no provision for curbside voting in the Alabama constitution or the code of Alabama,” said Secretary of State John Merrill.

Curbside voting is typically an option for disabled voters who cannot enter the polls.

“We are going to continue to do everything we can to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” said Merrill.

Merrill recommends absentee voting if a person cannot physically go to a poll.

“More than 31,000 Alabamians have made applications for absentee ballots since March of 2020,” said Merrill.

He added that he does not believe Alabama will see lines like there were in Georgia earlier this year.

“People that are interested in going to the store, church, the community center, or weight rooms, don’t have a hard time getting out, so people who want to vote in person will be able to vote in person,” said Merrill.

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