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Secretary of state candidate Jim Zeigler announced a new safeguard to deter election fraud in Alabama.
Zeigler told the Coosa County Republican Executive Committee at its meeting February 28 that six convictions for voter fraud have been made in Alabama. He said his plan is to make it illegal for someone convicted of election fraud to play any role in elections for the next five years.
The plan is included as part of SB249, introduced February 22 by Alabama Sen. Sam Givhan of Huntsville.
Here is the plan from SB249:
Any individual convicted of an (election) offense shall be prohibited from doing any of the following for five years after the date of conviction:
- Hold public office.
- Serve as an appointed official for the state or on any board or commission of the state or any city or country.
- Serve as a notary public.
- Serve as a poll worker, poll watcher, or election official.
- Serve as a witness of an absentee ballot.
Zeigler said he will announce other steps to strengthen election safeguards during the three months remaining in his campaign. The Republican primary is May 24.
Zeigler is running for the open seat of secretary of state. Incumbent John Merrill is barred from seeking a third term by constitutional term limits.