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Alabama: Many candidates violate Ethics Commission reporting requirement

The Mobile Press-Register reports: About a quarter of the candidates who appeared on Mobile and Baldwin county primary election ballots in June broke rules on disclosing their financial interests, according to information from the Alabama Ethics Commission and party officials.

Alabama law dictates that candidates who fail to submit that information on time be disqualified, and an incumbent on the Mobile County school board has been trying unsuccessfully to get his opponent booted from Tuesday's runoff ballot for filing the financial disclosure late.

But errors with other candidates' filings went largely unnoticed and were the result of confusing and sometimes ambiguous rules governing statement of economic interests forms, said candidates, party officials and the head of the Ethics Commission. -- Election filing rules often broken- al.com

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