BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The race for Alabama’s top elections official and records keeper pits a Republican incumbent against a Democratic newcomer.
John Merrill was elected in 2014 after serving one term in the Alabama legislature. The Heflin native now lives in Tuscaloosa and previously served as chairman of the Alabama Republican party.
Merrill has touted the success of registering more than a million new voters in Alabama since he took office. He’s been criticized by some for supporting Alabama’s voter ID law and not supporting early voting.
Heather Milam is a Democrat and says she is running to empower voters and plans to expand and restore access and voting security for all Alabamians, regardless of party affiliation.
Milam is a native of Childersburg and now lives in Birmingham. Her background includes work in both publishing and marketing, as well as teaching business at University of Montevallo.
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