Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman

Politics & Government
8:23 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Bennett to Take Oath as Alabama Secretary of State

Former Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett will serve the remaining 17 months of Beth Chapman's term.
abc3340.com

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

   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.

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State Auditor-Endorsement
4:41 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Secretary Of State Endorses Employee For Auditor

Republican candidate for state auditor Adam Thompson has picked up an endorsement from his boss, outgoing Secretary of State Beth Chapman.
Credit thompsonforauditor.com

Outgoing Secretary of State Beth Chapman has endorsed one of her employees, Adam Thompson, for state auditor.


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.


He faces Anniston attorney Ray Bryan in the Republican primary on June 3, 2014. Democrat Miranda Joseph of Birmingham is also running.

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New Secretary Of State
5:03 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Governor Bentley Chooses Bennett For Sec. Of State

Governor Robert Bentley has selected former Secretary of State Jim Bennett to to replace Beth Chapman.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Former Secretary of State Jim Bennett is returning to the office.

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.

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.

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Secretary Of State Resigning
4:44 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Ala. Secretary Of State Joining Farmers Federation

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.
Credit sos.state.al.us / Alabama Secretary of State

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.


Federation officials say Chapman will start her new job Aug. 1 and work through the 2014 election.


The federation's director of government relations, Brian Hardin, says the organization has a long-standing relationship with Chapman, including endorsing her for state auditor and then two races for secretary of state.

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Secretary of State Resigning
4:56 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Alabama Secretary Of State Resigning

Secretary of State Beth Chapman is resigning her position to take a job in the private sector 17 months before the end of her term.
Credit sos.state.al.us / Alabama Secretary of State

Republican Secretary of State Beth Chapman says she plans to resign Aug. 1 and enter private business with 17 months left in her term.


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.

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Voter ID Plan
4:42 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Chapman Says Plan Will Let Ala. Voters Get Free IDs

Secretary of State Beth Chapman says her office has a plan that will allow any eligible voter to receive free photo identification now that the state's voter ID law can go into effect.
Credit sos.state.al.us / Alabama Secretary of State

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman says her office has a plan that will allow any eligible voter to receive free photo identification.


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.

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Secretary of State
5:03 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Alabama Secretary Of State Race Drawing Candidates

The race to replace outgoing Secretary of State Beth Chapman, who is prohibited by term limits from running again, has drawn three Republican candidates.
Credit sos.state.al.us / Alabama Secretary of State

The election to replace outgoing Secretary of State Beth Chapman is turning into a contest.

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.

No Democrat has announced yet.

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Chapman's Future
5:01 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Ala. Sec. Of State Won't Run In 2014

Secretary of State Beth Chapman won't seek office in 2014.
Credit sos.alabama.gov

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.


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.

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State Auditor
4:47 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

1st Candidate Announces For Alabama State Auditor

With 2012's elections barely in the rearview mirror, the race for state auditor in 2014 has already begun in Alabama.

The race for state auditor in 2014 has begun.


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. Shaw said Wednesday she doesn't plan to seek any office in 2014 and will help her husband, Greg Shaw, with his re-election campaign for the Supreme Court.


Thompson worked in the state auditor's office when Beth Chapman held the post and then followed her to the secretary of state's office in 2007.

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Voter Turnout
4:43 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Alabama Voting Slightly Off 2008 Pace

Secretary of State Beth Chapman syas voter turnout this year was slightly off the pace of 2008.
Credit sos.state.al.us / Alabama Secretary of State

Alabama's voter turnout for Tuesday's election was slightly less than the unusually high performance four years ago.


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. Chapman had forecast the turnout would fall between 72 percent and 74 percent.


The 2008 figure remains the highest since Alabama recorded a 76 percent turnout in the 1992 presidential race, according to figures compiled by the secretary of state's office.

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Politics & Government
6:26 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Alabama Turnout Tuesday Expected to Equal 2008

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.


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. That compares to 73.8 percent four years ago and 72.5 percent in 2004.

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