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Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced last Friday that he is promoting Clay Helms (above, right) to state election director. Here’s the press release:
The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office is excited to announce that Clay Helms has been officially appointed as the Director of Elections.
As Director, Clay will continue his work with county election officials to ensure Alabama’s elections are free and fair. Under Secretary Merrill’s direction, Clay has managed the team that is responsible for breaking every record for voter registration and voter participation in Alabama’s last two election cycles.
Secretary Merrill said, “Clay Helms has worked tirelessly over the last six and half years to modernize antiquated systems, solve problems, and leads the team that has helped ensure it is easy to vote but hard to cheat. I am excited to continue to work with Clay to change the paradigm for elections in the State of Alabama.”
Prior to becoming Director of Elections, Clay served as Supervisor of Voter Registration.
“You must believe in who you work for and the goals you work towards. It is an understatement to say that I am honored to serve under and be promoted by Secretary Merrill. I am excited to assist him in reaching new heights for the State of Alabama,” said Clay Helms.
Helms is a 2011 graduate of Auburn University (well known for its election administration education programs) and steps up to the state job at a crucial time, with preparations for the 2020 Presidential election already in full swing. Congratulations to him and best of luck … stay tuned!