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Tuesday’s Election in Camden compels interest from Sec. State John Merrill

Incumbent Mayor Phil Creswell celebrated an assumed landslide victory and re-election Tuesday night After Camden’s general municipal election.

New insights this week however show the likelihood of an investigation into the authenticity and certification of the vote totals, specifically linked to the absentee submittal procedures of Camden’s City Clerk.

Concerns are being reported daily by voters, some of which have been reported to Secretary of State John Merrill, who is aware of past and current discrepancies to protocol in Wilcox.

Focus has been placed on Oletha Miller, Camden’s City Clerk, due to several testimonies that Miller acted unprofessionally, and possibly illegally with the code of conduct when presented with absentee ballots. She has also reportedly refused to turn over the collected ballots upon the initial request of the Board of Registrars office. Absentee votes must be certified to be considered valid.

Several voters have gone on record to say they were denied provisional ballots, infringed upon while submitting ballots, or even threatened and demeaned for voting a certain way.

Secretary John Merrill has been a vocal proponent for fairness in voting procedures.  Evidence of which can be seen in several online news articles, as well as Merrill’s official webpage. 

“In Alabama, we will continue to encourage anyone who is interested to participate in the electoral process in a way that is most convenient to them so they can cast their ballot for the candidate of their choice,” Merrill said this week, “as we continue to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat…It is my duty as the state’s chief election official to keep voters across the state informed and up-to-date with all things related to elections, which is what I intend to continue doing.”

As of Friday, August 28, an investigation in Camden is pending review of all the submitted allegations. Not all allegations will be or have been reported to the Era by Sec. Merrill, and the extent of source material or evidence has not been released in its entirety. No criminal charges have been filed at this time, but there are individuals of interest. Wilcox County, if you witnessed any suspicious activity at any time during this election season or on Election Day, please visit:

There are four methods available for reporting allegations of election fraud. All complaints received will be kept confidential.

  • You may file your allegation online via our web form.
  • You may speak to one of our staff members by calling us toll free: 1-800-274-VOTE (8683)
  • Allegations may also be filed via fax using the following fax number:  (334) 242-2444
  • If you would prefer to send your allegation via postal mail, it may be sent to the address below. You may use this printable form.

Mailing Address:
Office of the Secretary of State
Voter Fraud Unit
P.O. Box 5616
Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5616


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