BREAKING NEWS: Secretary of State weighs in on Selma voting issue

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 26, 2008

From staff reports

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman, commenting on the irregularities at several City of Selma polling places this morning said her office is looking in to why polling places were not staffed properly, polling places not open on time and voters turned away due to voting machines that were not working properly.

Chapman said her office had spoken the Selma city clerk’s office regarding a request to keep the polls open an hour later today to compensate for the problems people experienced at the polling places this morning.

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Chapman said later that the attorney in her office had been in touch with Jimmy Nunn, the city’s attorney, to put the U.S. Department of Justice on notice that voting hours at the polls might have to be extended.

Chapman said she hoped those that went to the polls early and were not able to vote will find a way to do so.