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State Auditor Jim Zeigler announced his candidacy for Alabama Secretary of State January 27. He qualified at the Alabama Republican Headquarters in Hoover.
Secretary of state is an open seat since incumbent John Merrill is term-limited and cannot run for a third term. The Republican primary is May 24.
Zeigler said, “The job of secretary of state will be vital over the next eight years. The secretary is our top election administrator. We face national attempts to manipulate our honest election procedures.”
“Alabama needs a proven fighter against government overreach to defend our election process as secretary of state,” Zeigler told the dozen people watching at Republican headquarters.
“We face attempts to allow non-citizens to vote in our elections. Jim Zeigler will fight against that.
“We face efforts to change ‘election day’ to ‘election week’ or ‘election month.’ Jim Zeigler will fight against that.
“We face assaults against our requirement for voter ID. Jim Zeigler will fight against that.
“We face ballot harvesting, same-day voter registration, drop-off ballot boxes, and voting by mail. Jim Zeigler will fight against all these items.
“As your state auditor, I led the fight against waste, mismanagement and corruption. As your secretary of state, I will apply that same tenacity to fight the manipulation of our elections.
“As your state auditor, some people called me ‘the Watchman.’ I will continue as your Watchman over the election process as secretary of state.
“Election integrity may be the most important single issue facing the future of our nation. The reason is this: If we lose our ability to elect or defeat officials, then all other issues will have lost accountability to the people. We would have government of the manipulators, by the manipulators and for the manipulators. Jim Zeigler will fight against election by manipulation.”
Zeigler was elected twice as state auditor. He is term-limited and cannot run for auditor again.