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Sec of State will seek higher penalties for election fraud

The Montgomery Advertiser reports: Secretary of State Beth Chapman said Monday that she will pursue legislation to increase the punishment for fraud in next year's legislative session.

Chapman said at a news conference on voter fraud that she was concerned with the high volume of absentee voting in some rural counties, which frequently outstrip state averages. ...

Sen. Bryan Taylor, R-Prattville, who will sponsor the measure, said the bill will raise the penalty for voter fraud from a Class C misdemeanor to a Class C felony. That would increase the punishment for voter fraud from up to three months in jail and a $500 fine to up to 10 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. -- Read the whole story --> Alabama to seek stiffer voter fraud penalties | The Montgomery Advertiser | montgomeryadvertiser.com

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