By Kim Adams Graham
Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is pleased to announce the formation of the Voter Fraud Reform Task Force.
The task force consists of 15 members, including the Secretary of State serving as the Chairman.
The members of the task force are Secretary of State John H. Merrill, Senator Sam Givhan (R), Senator Bobby Singleton (D), Representative Matt Simpson (R), Representative Merika Coleman (D), Bullock County Probate Judge James Tatum, Houston County Circuit Clerk Carla Woodall, Montgomery County Sheriff Derek Cunningham, District Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Michael Jackson, Reid Harris of the Attorney General’s Office, retired Circuit Judge John England, Matt Clark of the Alabama Policy Institute, Southern Poverty Law Center founder Morris Dees, Lu Rivera of Eagle Forum, and Dillon Nettles of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Bullock County Probate Judge James E. Tatum is a member of the task force. Judge Tatum said, “I am honored and humbled to serve with such a distinguished panel.”
The task force held its first meeting on September 30, 2021, at the Alabama State House.
“We believe it is necessary to examine how we define voter fraud in our state and the penalties we assess for voter fraud violations,” Merrill said in a news release.
“It is important to note that we assembled a team of respected Alabamians from diverse backgrounds and political persuasion.
If or when instances of voter fraud are identified, we want to investigate each reported case, and if warranted, seek an indictment and then ensure that all guilty parties are convicted after a successful prosecution.
However, we believe that it is important to ensure that any individual convicted of voter fraud is punished in an appropriate way and in accordance with the Constitution, as well as state and federal laws.”
Judge Tatum said, “I am honored to represent the Alabama Probate Judge Association.
“This is another opportunity for Bullock County to have a seat at the table as it relates to consequential matters.”
These meetings are open to the general public.