Beth Chapman

Superstorm-Alabama Military
5:08 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Alabama Military On Storm Relief Gets Voting Help

Secretary of State Beth Chapman has extended the deadline for applying for an absentee ballot for military and National Guard personnel deployed to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.
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Alabama's top election official has extended the deadline for applying for an absentee ballot for military and National Guard personnel deployed to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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September Budget Referendum
4:14 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Ala. Election Chief Expects Small Turnout Sept. 18

Secretary of State Chapman expects a low turnout for the Sept. 18 budget referendum vote.
sos.state.al.us Alabama Secretary of State

Alabama's chief election official is expecting a small turnout for the special election Sept. 18 because of the lack of advertising and the unusual date.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman said the turnout for constitutional amendment elections usually is very low.

The exceptions were the lottery vote in 1999 and the tax hike vote in 2003, which hit 50 percent or more. But she said those were backed by millions in advertising. That hasn't been the case with the upcoming election.

Chapman said she's expecting a turnout of 20 to 21 percent, but that may be optimistic.

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Voter Registration Hoax
4:53 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Ala. Knocking Down Voter Registration Hoax

sos.state.al.us Alabama Secretary of State

State officials say an online hoax is spreading untrue rumors about voting registration in Alabama. Secretary of State Beth Chapman says email messages and Facebook posts are claiming people need to re-register to vote in the upcoming election if they haven't voted since 2008. But Chapman says the messages aren't true. She says voters' names will still be on the voter lists regardless of whether they voted in past elections. Chapman says federal law specifically prohibits states from removing people from voter rolls for failing to cast ballots Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.