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Autauga Co: convicted felon can't serve, but can't be removed from ballot

The Prattville Progress reports: Former Autauga County Coroner Willie Mack "Billy" Brown III, who was convicted in July on theft and ethics charges, cannot legally serve as county sheriff. But that doesn't mean he couldn't be elected to the office.

State and local elections officials confirmed Thursday that, while state law dictates that a convicted felon may not serve as a county sheriff, no such statute allows for removal of Brown's name from the November General Election ballot.

State voter registration superintendent Ed Packard said neither Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman's office, nor Autauga County's chief elections official, Probate Judge Al Booth, could legally remove Brown's name from the political menu that voters across the county will see on Nov. 2. ...

According to county election records, Brown obtained prior to June 1 enough signatures on a petition of independent candidacy to qualify for the race. That pretty much assured that Brown's name would appear on the November ballot, said Booth. -- Read the whole article --> Convicted candidate's name on ballot | prattvilleprogress.com | Prattville Progress

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