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Secretary of State says only trust AlabamaVotes.gov

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill(WTOK)
Published: Oct. 5, 2020 at 9:48 AM CDT
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The Office of the Secretary of State has once again been made aware of organizations spreading false information related to the electoral process in Alabama.

“Yet again, we have witnessed a national organization attempt to influence an Alabama election through sending out false information related to the absentee voting process. Alabama voters should exercise caution and refrain from following links, emails, or returning mail sent by third parties,” stated Secretary of State John H. Merrill. “AlabamaVotes.gov is the trusted source for election information in Alabama and voters should use this resource before resorting to any other site.”

In recent days, Alabama voters have received absentee ballot applications with incorrect return addresses mailed to them from outside organizations.

“Voters should be aware of these partisan campaigns meant to influence the outcome of the election. In order for your vote to be counted for the candidate of your choice, be sure to visit AlabamaVotes.gov or contact your county election official to see that you are supplied with accurate, up-to-date, and complete information,” concluded Merrill.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Office of the Secretary of State at (334) 242-7200.

The Secretary of State’s Office has been made aware of another third-party organization contacting voters with outdated and inaccurate information to encourage voter registration and voter participation.

The letter, which is sent by the Election Mail Service out of Austin, Texas, encourages voters to visit ALVotes.org – a site that is not associated whatsoever with the Office of the Secretary of State. The letter notifies voters that they are not registered to vote and includes an unofficial voter registration application.

“After being notified by numerous voters who have received information in the mail addressed to people who have passed away or no longer reside in our state, our office immediately contacted the Election Mail Service to stop spreading the false information, which has in turn only confused and misled voters,” announced Secretary of State John H. Merrill.

Voters across the state have been targeted using misspelled, misinformed, and misleading data.

“Alabamians should once again be reminded to use AlabamaVotes.gov as their trusted source for election information. Questions about the election should be answered directly by our Office at (334) 242-7200.”

Voters can check their voter registration status online using our registration portal.

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