Chapman to discuss fair, honest elections

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

One of Alabama’s most outspoken opponents of voter fraud, Beth Chapman, is coming to Greensboro.

Chapman will be in town next Tuesday as a special guest of the Democracy Defense League to participate in their voter education program on the importance of honest elections in the democratic process.

The program is set for 7 p.m. at Canterbury Manor Apartments meeting room on Highway 14 East.

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Chapman, who currently serves as state auditor, is currently running a strong campaign for Alabama’s Secretary of State. If elected, Chapman said, her goal is to do her best to restore the confidence of voters in their government.

“I only make one promise,” Chapman said. “That is to serve with honesty and integrity in government. If I don’t, I hope they send me home. I am very sincere about that.”

Democracy Defense League co-chairman Perry Beasley said Chapman’s commitment of fair elections made them proud to have her as their guest speaker.

“Beth is an extremely patriotic person and we are thrilled to have her coming to Greensboro,” Beasley said.

The meeting, Beasley said, will focus on a problem plaguing the Black Belt.

“We will have a brief discussion and an update for our members, but the main reason for the meeting is to hear Beth,” Beasley said. “The general topic will be how important it is to conduct fair and honest elections.”

On her website, Chapman leaves no doubt as to her position regarding voter fraud and honest elections.

“Honest elections are of vital importance in strengthening the integrity and well being of our democracy,” Chapman said. “Voting is a sacred freedom and one we should preserve and protect at all costs. Men and women have fought and died to give us that freedom, and we should not take it lightly. Alabama needs honest elections!”

Chapman adds the right to vote and the right to honest elections is a sacred gift that should be protected and preserved at all costs. She also speaks out in favor of tougher laws for anyone convicted of voter fraud in any shape, fashion or form.

Too often, Chapman said, people see voter fraud but don’t treat is as a serious crime.

“When someone steals your car, it is a big deal,” Chapman said. “But, when someone steals your vote, is isn’t a big deal. A lot of times people turn a deaf ear.”

Chapman’s willingness to raise awareness and speak her mind, Beasley said, shows she is not afraid to step forward and bring solutions to this problem.

“She has more courage than most men I know,” Beasley said. “It is great for the entire area to have someone like her come and speak.”

Prior to Chapman’s appearance, the DDL will have a brief meeting at 6:30 p.m.