Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman http://apr.org en Bennett to Take Oath as Alabama Secretary of State http://apr.org/post/bennett-take-oath-alabama-secretary-state <p>Former Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett will take the oath of office Wednesday to replacing Beth Chapman who resigned the position effective Wednesday afternoon<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will administer the oath of office to Bennett at 5:01 p.m. Wednesday in the Old House Chamber at the Alabama State Capitol in downtown Montgomery.<br> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:23:36 +0000 The Associated Press 35144 at http://apr.org Bennett to Take Oath as Alabama Secretary of State Secretary Of State Endorses Employee For Auditor http://apr.org/post/secretary-state-endorses-employee-auditor <P>Outgoing Secretary of State Beth Chapman has endorsed one of her employees, Adam Thompson, for state auditor.</P> <P>In a statement Thursday, Chapman said Thompson was her right hand when she served as state auditor from 2003 to 2007, and he is the only candidate with experience in the auditor's office. Thompson currently works in the secretary of state's office.</P> <P>He faces Anniston attorney Ray Bryan in the Republican primary on June 3, 2014. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:41:09 +0000 The Associated Press 34829 at http://apr.org Secretary Of State Endorses Employee For Auditor Governor Bentley Chooses Bennett For Sec. Of State http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-chooses-bennett-sec-state <p>Former Secretary of State Jim Bennett is returning to the office.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley announced Tuesday that he's chosen Bennett to replace Beth Chapman. She's resigning at the end of the month to become a political consultant with the Alabama Farmers Federation.</p><p>Bennett served as secretary of state from 1993 to 2003. Then he served in Gov. Bob Riley's Cabinet and in Bentley's Cabinet as labor commissioner. He retired last year when the departments of Labor and Industrial Relations were merged.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 22:03:47 +0000 The Associated Press 33815 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Chooses Bennett For Sec. Of State Ala. Secretary Of State Joining Farmers Federation http://apr.org/post/ala-secretary-state-joining-farmers-federation <P>Secretary of State Beth Chapman is taking a political consulting job with the Alabama Farmers Federation when she resigns her public office at the end of the month.</P> <P>Federation officials say Chapman will start her new job Aug. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:44:02 +0000 The Associated Press 33748 at http://apr.org Ala. Secretary Of State Joining Farmers Federation Alabama Secretary Of State Resigning http://apr.org/post/alabama-secretary-state-resigning <P>Republican Secretary of State Beth Chapman says she plans to resign Aug. 1 and enter private business with 17 months left in her term.</P> <P>Chapman tells The Associated Press she has an offer in government and public relations consulting that she can't pass up, and she will end her decade in public office to take the position. She has not released details of the new job, but she said it doesn't involve lobbying.</P> <P>A few months ago, Chapman was being talked about as a possible candidate for governor. But she said she is pleased with Republican Gov. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:56:24 +0000 The Associated Press 33344 at http://apr.org Alabama Secretary Of State Resigning Chapman Says Plan Will Let Ala. Voters Get Free IDs http://apr.org/post/chapman-says-plan-will-let-ala-voters-get-free-ids <P>Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman says her office has a plan that will allow any eligible voter to receive free photo identification.</P> <P>She said voters will be able to get the identification even if they can't afford to pay. Chapman said voters can fill out a form to receive a free photo ID. She said her office wants to develop a system where voters can receive the photo identification at the county courthouse.</P> <P>Chapman and other state officials have said a new state law requiring voters to show photo IDs took effect this week. That's because the U.S. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:42:44 +0000 The Associated Press 33206 at http://apr.org Chapman Says Plan Will Let Ala. Voters Get Free IDs Alabama Secretary Of State Race Drawing Candidates http://apr.org/post/alabama-secretary-state-race-drawing-candidates <p>The election to replace outgoing Secretary of State Beth Chapman is turning into a contest.</p><p>Crenshaw County Probate Judge Jim Perdue has joined state Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa in the Republican primary. Former Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese McKinney says he plans to run as a Republican and will kick off his campaign in a few days.</p><p>No Democrat has announced yet.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:03:56 +0000 The Associated Press 32945 at http://apr.org Alabama Secretary Of State Race Drawing Candidates Ala. Sec. Of State Won't Run In 2014 http://apr.org/post/ala-sec-state-wont-run-2014 <P>Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman says she won't seek any position in next year's election and will take a sabbatical from elective office.</P> <P>Chapman has served two terms in her current office and could not seek a third term. She had been mentioned as a contender for higher office, possibly including governor, but she said Tuesday she wants to take a break to pursue entrepreneurial ideas and business opportunities. She said she will support Republican Gov. Robert Bentley for re-election.</P> <P>She served one term as state auditor before becoming secretary of state.</P> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 22:01:02 +0000 The Associated Press 27815 at http://apr.org Ala. Sec. Of State Won't Run In 2014 1st Candidate Announces For Alabama State Auditor http://apr.org/post/1st-candidate-announces-alabama-state-auditor <P>The race for state auditor in 2014 has begun.</P> <P>Adam Thompson, the deputy chief of staff or Alabama's secretary of state, announced Wednesday that he will run as a Republican for auditor. The current auditor, Samantha Shaw, has served two terms and can't run again. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:47:51 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 21317 at http://apr.org 1st Candidate Announces For Alabama State Auditor Alabama Voting Slightly Off 2008 Pace http://apr.org/post/alabama-voting-slightly-2008-pace <P>Alabama's voter turnout for Tuesday's election was slightly less than the unusually high performance four years ago.</P> <P>Secretary of State Beth Chapman said Wednesday the turnout for the general election was 72.4 percent. More than 73 percent of Alabama's voters participated in 2008. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 22:43:32 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20414 at http://apr.org Alabama Voting Slightly Off 2008 Pace Alabama Turnout Tuesday Expected to Equal 2008 http://apr.org/post/alabama-turnout-tuesday-expected-equal-2008 <P>Political experts are expecting Alabama voters to turn out Tuesday in numbers similar to 2008, even though this election lacks the history-making excitement of four years ago.</P> <P>Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Beth Chapman, said she's looking for 72 to 74 percent of Alabama's 2.8 million voters to participate. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 12:26:50 +0000 The Associated Press 20290 at http://apr.org Alabama Turnout Tuesday Expected to Equal 2008