Alabama Secretary of State Jim Merrill
December 8, 2020

Alabama Set to Certify Electoral College Votes on Monday, December 14

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s presidential electors will meet on Monday, December 14 at 12:00 PM CST to cast their votes for President and Vice President of the United States.

The Electoral College ceremony will be held at the Alabama State Capitol. Due to the closing of the Capitol to the public and social distancing guidelines, the ceremony will be livestreamed online, courtesy of the Alabama Republican Party.

Alabama’s electors are as follows:

  • Dennis H. Beavers of Blountsville (At-Large)
  • John Wahl of Athens (At-Large)
  • Jackie Gay of Brewton (CD 1)
  • Jeana Boggs of Deatsville (CD 2)
  • Joseph Fuller of Alexander City (CD 3)
  • John Killian of Fayette (CD 4)
  • J. Elbert Peters of Huntsville (CD 5)
  • Joan Reynolds of Shoal Creek (CD 6)
  • Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate of Lowndesboro (CD 7)
Attorney General Steve Marshall, Congressman Robert Aderholt, and Uncle Sam (portrayed by J. Danny Cooper of the American Village) will deliver remarks before the votes are cast. Malia Thibado, a student of Victory Christian School in Pell City, and the Homewood High School Band, led by Director Chris Cooper, will provide special musical performances. The Alabama State University Golden Ambassadors will participate as ambassadors for the event. Secretary of State John H. Merrill will serve as the Master of the Ceremony.


Alabama Secretary of State Jim Merrill
November 5, 2020

Secretary Merrill Breaks Down Alabama Counties by Support for Trump and Biden

Thursday, November 5, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – Following Tuesday’s election, Secretary of State John H. Merrill has worked with local election officials to provide unofficial election results.

“I am proud to report that Alabama has continued in her standard for election excellence!” exclaimed Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill. “While many states across the country are still processing mail-in and absentee ballots, all of Alabama’s 67 counties were reporting election results on election night.”

The top counties supporting President Donald J. Trump are as follows:

1.      Winston (90.37%)

2.      Cleburne (89.76%)

3.      Blount (89.57%)

4.      Marion (88.42%)

5.      Cullman (88.15%)

The top counties supporting Former Vice President Joe Biden are as follows:

1.      Macon (81.45%)

2.      Greene (81.32%)

3.      Bullock (74.71%)

4.      Perry (73.81%)

5.      Lowndes (72.74%)

Please note these numbers are unofficial and may be updated upon the certification of election results on November 23, 2020.

“The time, effort, and preparation that Alabama’s election officials put into making Tuesday’s election a success are commendable, and I am thankful for their collaboration and commitment,” concluded Merrill.

As it stands now, Alabama ranks eighth nationwide in support for President Trump. The breakdown by states can be found below:

1.      Wyoming (70.4%)

2.      West Virginia (68.7%)

3.      North Dakota (65.5%)

4.      Oklahoma (65.4%)

5.      Idaho (63.9%)

6.      Arkansas (62.6%)

7.      Kentucky (62.6%)

8.      Alabama (62.5%)

Please note that several states are still processing ballots and these numbers may also be updated.


Alabama Secretary of State Jim Merrill
November 3, 2020

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Commends Election Workers, Volunteers, and Voters

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – Following today’s General Election, Secretary of State John H. Merrill has issued the following statement:

“Now that polls have officially closed and counties have begun to report unofficial results, I would like to commend everyone who played a part in making today’s election a supreme success.

“County Probate Judges, Circuit Clerks, Absentee Election Managers, Registrars, and Sheriffs have worked around the clock to see that Alabamians are provided with safe, sanitary, and secure voting options.

“In addition, we are grateful for the utility workers who expeditiously worked to restore power and provide generators to Alabama’s numerous polling places.

“In the 55 days that Alabamians have been able to cast an absentee ballot, we have far surpassed our state’s record for absentee participation, and that would not have been possible if it were not for the countless hours spent processing and mailing applications and ballots by absentee workers.

“We have heard from countless voters across the state who observed sanitary polling places and mostly quick voting lines. Our poll workers should be commended for stepping up to serve our country and protecting our democracy despite the ongoing pandemic.

“While poll workers worked as efficiently and effectively as possible to process the high volume of voters today, we are greatly appreciative of the patience exhibited by voters who waited in line to cast their ballot for the candidate of their choice.

“Following the reporting of results by all 67 counties, I remain confident we will shatter every record in the history of the state during today’s election, which would not have been possible without the help of every single election worker, volunteer, and voter.

“Thank you, Alabama.”

Alabama Secretary of State Jim Merrill
November 3, 2020

Secretary Merrill Predicts Record Turnout During Today’s Election

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – Secretary of State John H. Merrill predicts and encourages record voter participation in today’s General Election.

“Of the state’s 3.7 million eligible voters, our office anticipates somewhere between 2.5 and 2.8 million Alabamians will cast their ballot in today’s election – whether in-person or through the absentee process,” stated Secretary Merrill. “We have already witnessed record absentee participation and because of the excitement surrounding this election, I expect these numbers will continue to rise today.”

Polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Secretary of State’s Office has maintained communication with county Probate Judges and assisted in the recruitment of poll workers to see that all polling places in the state are adequately staffed throughout the day.

“Local election officials in all 67 counties have worked extraordinarily hard to provide safe and sanitary voting options for voters. Through funding made available to our office, we have provided masks, gloves, disinfectant spray, alcohol wipes, and other cleaning supplies to polling places across the state to see that voters, poll workers, and others involved in the electoral process are protected,” concluded Merrill.

Voters are encouraged to check their polling location and view their sample ballot prior to heading to the polls by visiting


Alabama Secretary of State Jim Merrill
November 2, 2020

Secretary of State John H. Merrill Applauds Electric Companies for Restoring Power to Alabama Polling Places

Monday, November 2, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – The following is a direct statement from Secretary of State John H. Merrill on recent efforts to restore power to Alabama’s polling places:

“Following the power outages caused by Hurricane Zeta, electric companies across the State of Alabama have stepped up to see that no polling place is left without power on Election Day. 
“After working with our office, Director Brian Hastings of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and local election officials to locate polling places without power, Alabama’s electric companies have been accessible and accommodating to see that every eligible voter has the ability to cast his or her ballot tomorrow – either through restoring power or providing generators to areas affected by the hurricane.

“We are incredibly appreciative of the efforts of these brave power workers and those who have made themselves available to protect our democracy. Notably, we are grateful to Mark Crosswhite, CEO of Alabama Power, Gary Smith, President of PowerSouth, Fred Braswell, President of Alabama Rural Electric Association, Jeff Lyash, President of Tennessee Valley Authority, and Fred Clark, President of Alabama Municipal Electric Authority.

“Voters should be reminded to visit to check their polling places.”


Alabama Secretary of State Jim Merrill
November 2, 2020

Secretary of State’s Office Breaks 3.7 Million Registered Voters Ahead of November 3 General Election

Monday, November 2, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – Following the state’s voter registration deadline on Monday, October 19, 2020, the Secretary of State’s Office has broken 3.7 million registered voters, once again setting a new record for the State of Alabama.

“In the four months leading up the November 3 General Election, more than 100,000 Alabamians have registered to vote!” exclaimed Secretary of State John H. Merrill. “The record-breaking rate at which Alabamians have registered to vote is a testament to the enthusiasm surrounding this historic election.”

In his commitment to seeing that every U.S. citizen that is a resident of Alabama is registered to vote and has a government-issued photo ID, 3,708,804 Alabamians are now registered to vote and eligible to participate in the November 3, 2020 General Election.

1,255,182 Alabamians have registered to vote using the online voter registration system introduced by Secretary Merrill in 2016 and since taking office in January of 2015, 1,739,377 Alabamians have registered to vote.

“I am most grateful to our local election officials across the state who have worked around the clock, including on weekends, to register new voters, update registrations, process absentee ballots and applications, and prepare for the polls. Their diligent work has protected our democracy during these unusual times,” continued Merrill.

Voters can check their registration status, polling place, and absentee ballot status online.

Alabama Secretary of State Jim Merrill
June 15, 2020

Alabama Secretary of State’s Office Tops 3.6 Million Registered Voters

Monday, June 15, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – This week, the Office of the Secretary of State topped 3.6 million registered voters, once again establishing a new record for the State of Alabama.
Since taking office on January 19, 2015, Secretary of State John H. Merrill has made it a priority to see that every U.S. citizen that is a resident of the State of Alabama is registered to vote and has a government-issued photo ID.

In this commitment, our registrars have recorded the successful application of 1,531,584 new voters since Secretary Merrill took office, bringing the state’s total number of registered voters to 3,600,807.

“These numbers are unprecedented and unparalleled in the history for any state in the republic during the same period of time, and I am proud of our work to promote participation in the democratic process,” stated Merrill. “During these times of uncertainty, our Office will remain accessible and ready to assist the people of Alabama.”

In January of 2016, Merrill introduced electronic voter registration through the use of our website and the mobile app “Vote for Alabama.” We have since registered 1,086,194 voters electronically.

In visiting all 67 counties annually to register voters and issue free photo ID’s, the Office of the Secretary of State has made and will continue to make a concerted effort to promote voter registration and voter participation.