Alabama Secretary of State's Office finds no voter fraud in Senate Special Election
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WPMI/AP) - Secretary of State John Merril issued a statement clarifying the result of the investigation into voter fraud in the 2017 Alabama Special Senate Election:
The most controversial issue regarding potential voter fraud that has been reported to the Office of The Secretary of State following the US Senate Special Election is a brief video clip from a live broadcast during a [local news] election night report.
During the live broadcast, a young person was asked about his excitement surrounding the results of the election:
Reporter: “Why are you excited to see this victory?”
Voter: "Because we came here all the way from different parts of the country as part of our fellowship. And, all of us pitched in together to vote and canvass together, and we got our boy elected!"
The reporter did not ask any further questions and therefore, many viewers were left questioning the validity of the opportunity which allowed this citizen to legally vote in Alabama. When these concerns were brought to the attention of the Secretary of State they were encouraged to submit their concern online at www.stopvoterfraudnow.com.
Thanks to the help of concerned citizens interested in the credibility and the integrity of the electoral process, the Alabama Secretary of State's Office was able to identify the young man who was anonymously featured on the news broadcast. After additional research was conducted, it was determined that this young man has lived and worked in Alabama for more than one year and is currently a registered voter in this state.
We applaud this young man's energy, excitement, and enthusiasm for the electoral process and we are always encouraged when we observe Alabamians who are actively engaged in campaigns and elections in our state.
If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us.
In the aftermath of Alabama's high-profile Senate election, some sites are spreading false information about supposed voter fraud in Democrat Doug Jones' upset victory over Republican Roy Moore.
The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:
NOT REAL: Three poll workers arrested for allowing 3,000 invalid votes for Doug Jones
THE FACTS: The Alabama secretary of state's office says no poll workers were arrested in Birmingham, despite a viral site's report, and said the individuals named in the piece were not poll workers on Election Night. A story published by a satire site called reaganwasright.com said "Alabama State Police" arrested three poll workers for allowing 3,000 unqualified voters to cast ballots. The secretary of state's office said the names given in the story as the arrested individuals were not poll workers. It is not clear if they are real people. The site also gives a false name, Applevale, for the county where Birmingham is located and quotes a fake division and office of the state attorney's office. The site also claims Moore is considering filing an injunction in the 17th District Federal Court of Appeals. There is no such court.
NOT REAL: Busload of black voters arrested coming into state to vote illegally
THE FACTS: Police in Selma, Alabama, did not arrest 27 African-American men and women who were bused into the state, as the site coptimes.com claims. Both Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier say the story is false. The site says the people were arrested at Warsaw Middle School. No such school exists. The site also gives a fake name for the Selma police chief.
NOT REAL: BREAKING: Alabama military absentee ballots just came in and ruined Democrats' day
THE FACTS: Alabama's 67 counties were counting those ballots on Tuesday and did not yet have a final tally of them, despite the claims of the site americanrevolution.co. The Alabama secretary of state said Tuesday he did not yet know how many total overseas ballots had been submitted. Merrill said previously it was "very unlikely" that last-minute ballots -- including write-ins, provisional ballots and military votes-- would change the outcome of the race. The site claims that 18,000 absentee ballots were mailed in from overseas and most of those were cast for Moore. The story also repeats false claims that police arrested a busload of black voters coming into the state and a van carrying immigrants in the country illegally who were said to be traveling between polling places.