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Alabama election officials stress voter safety ahead of primaries

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – From election officials to probate judges to the secretary of state, thousands are gearing up to ensure Alabama’s primary election, now two weeks away, goes smoothly and without fraud. .

“We view the election as a mission without failure, we don’t get a second chance to conduct an election,” Montgomery County Probate Judge JC Love said.

Love says everyone involved in Election Day has been meeting for weeks to make sure everything is ready for May 24.

“It really helps to make sure everyone is on the same page, we know what each other is doing to make sure we’re minimizing the issues we have as much as possible,” Love said. .

Over the past 14 days, Love says they’ve been testing the voting machines. He says that although some are electronic, none in the state connects to the internet and they all take paper ballots.

“No information is stored on this machine. You get a printed blank ballot, put it in the machine, it extracts the races you are going to vote on for your constituency, prints it out and puts it in a tabulator” , Love said.

Love says that at the end of the night, every ballot counts.

According to the Office of the Secretary of State, between April 2015 and September 2021, the office handled 1,618 voter fraud complaints. In total, there were six convictions during those six years.

Secretary of State John Merrill wants voters to know the process is protected.

“They should rest comfortably knowing that Alabama has the most secure, transparent, and accountable process in the United States. It’s not something we say. It’s something that’s been said about us by the Heritage Foundation, by Concerned Women for Conservative Government, and by the University of Southern California at Los Angeles,” Merrill said.

Merrill says months of work have gone into administering this upcoming election. All that remains is for citizens to vote.

“If you don’t vote, your voice won’t be heard,” Merrill said.

While the voter registration deadline passed on May 9, the deadline for mailing in mail-in applications is one week from today.