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‘Not intimidated by competition’ – Alabama Republican Party announces support for Biden ballot access despite DNC timeline issue

On Thursday, the Alabama Republican Party officially backed the legislative fix proposed by Democrats to ensure President Joe Biden will be certified in accordance with deadlines enforced by the Alabama Secretary of State. Alabama’s deadline to certify is August 15, 2024. The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to begin August 19, 2024.

Secretary of State Wes Allen called attention to the issue in a letter to Democratic Party officials on the state and national level, promising to follow the law as written by not certifying any party nominees submitted after the August 15, 2024 deadline.

On Wednesday, the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee and the Alabama House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections committee advanced companion bills to legislatively fix the timeline issue, as was the case for both parties in election years past.

Today, the Alabama Republican Party announced its support of the fix, “despite the Biden campaign’s failure to meet the state’s election deadline.”

“It is essential to uphold the integrity of our electoral system and respect the rights of voters to choose their preferred candidates in the general election. Unlike the divisive tactics employed by the Democratic Party to keep Donald Trump off the ballot, the Alabama Republican Party firmly believes in upholding the principles of democratic elections and ensuring that voters have the final say,” Alabama Republican Party Chairman John Wahl said in a statement on Thursday.

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Wahl referenced a short-lived political effort by Colorado officials to prevent former President Trump from appearing on the state’s election ballot, which was ultimately overturned by a unanimous ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We reject the attempts of the Democrat Party to obstruct the electoral process and deprive voters of their right to make an informed decision at the ballot box. Let’s be clear, it is the Democrat Party that invokes the power of government to target their political opponents, not the Republican Party. In stark contrast, Republicans believe in standing for fairness and integrity, and we remain committed to protecting voters and defending their right to choose their representatives freely, without interference or manipulation,” Wahl said.

“The Alabama Republican Party is not intimidated by competition, and we embrace the opportunity to engage the Biden campaign on the issues that matter most to Alabama voters. The Republican Party stands for individual liberty, securing the border, protecting our children from socialist indoctrination, and providing economic opportunities for all citizens.

The legislative solution proposed by State Sen. Merika Coleman (D-Birmingham) and House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville) could be voted on by both chambers as early as next Tuesday.

Wahl added, “We firmly believe that the values and principles of the Republican Party, as well as our nominee best represent the people of Alabama, and we are confident that Donald Trump will defeat Joe Biden this November.”

Grayson Everett is the state and political editor for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @Grayson270

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