Alabama - – A Republican, a Democrat, an Independent and a minister yesterday asked a Montgomery circuit court judge to order protection of election materials from next week’s special Senate election. The voters say these materials are essential for verif | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Alabama - – A Republican, a Democrat, an Independent and a minister yesterday asked a Montgomery circuit court judge to order protection of election materials from next week’s special Senate election. The voters say these materials are essential for verif

A Republican, a Democrat, an Independent and a minister yesterday
asked a Montgomery circuit court judge to order protection of election materials from next week’s special Senate election. The voters say these materials are essential for verifying the accuracy of the election results and that the State plans to destroy them.

At issue are the “ballot images” created by the digital scanners paper ballots are fed into. Eighty five percent of vote-counting machines in the state count votes by reading the ballot images.

“The Secretary of State’s office is legally required to set procedures to assure all election materials for 22 months after a federal election,” explains election transparency expert John Roberts Brakey. “Even the
envelopes from absentee ballots have to be kept. Destroying the ballot images is illegal. We’re only asking the Secretary of State to follow the law.”

“We need to make sure we can check on the results of the election if there’s any question,” said plaintiff Victoria Tuggle of Cullman County. “The confusing ballot design for the special election makes it extra
important that human eyes can verify that the machines are counting the votes correctly,” she said. “The public should be able to look at those images and make sure the machines count every ballot where voter intent is clear.” She explained that the ballot images do not contain any identifying information about the voter, so they can be examined without violating the voters’ right to a secret ballot.

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