Madison County Republican Party and More

I enjoyed visiting with fellow Republicans in Madison County Saturday at their Men’s Breakfast. There were quite a number of women in attendance, as well, as auxiliary members of the group. I appreciated the opportunity to share a bit about myself and provide my contact information to anyone who may want to contact me and learn more about my campaign.

Aside from us candidates being able to spread word about our respective campaigns, we heard a rousing speech by Mike Durant, a candidate for U.S. Senate this year.

Lynda Hairston, Chair of the Madison County Board of Registrars (l); Ed Packard (r)

After the breakfast, I met with Madison County Registrar Lynda Hairston and her husband, Randy. Since Lynda has been a long-time colleague and friend, I appreciated the opportunity to catch up on what’s been going on with her, both as a voter registration official, and friend. We were at Gibson’s BBQ in Huntsville, and while there some of Lynda’s and Randy’s friends came into the restaurant. Lynda took the opportunity to introduce me to them and shared with them that I am seeking the Republican nomination for Secretary of State.

I enjoyed meeting everyone that I spoke with in Huntsville!

Ed Packard Qualifies with Alabama Republican Party

Today, I formally qualified with the Alabama Republican Party as a candidate for the office of Secretary of State.

I thank all my family, friends, citizens of Alabama, county election officials, and city election officials, who have been supportive and encouraging of my candidacy, not to mention excited about it.

Ed Packard
Ed Packard
Deborah Howard (Pell City, St. Clair County), James Packard (Opelika, Lee County), Janice Packard (Opelika, Lee County), Vivian Hunter (Lake View, Jefferson/Tuscaloosa Counties)

Visit with the Marshall County Republican Club – January 4, 2021

Last night I had the honor of speaking to the members of the Marshall County Republican. I enjoyed my time speaking to and socializing with them – and answering their questions.

I hope to visit them again before long.

Articles, etc., that I have Written

I have added to this site a list of articles, editorials, an academic paper, and other pieces that I have written regarding election law and election administration. You can find the list by scrolling down on the right-hand side of this page.


On this second day of 2022, I find myself reflecting on various people and events from my past. Given that the first week of my campaign for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State is winding down, I’ve been thinking about the start of my career as an election administrator.

Those reflections led me to think about former Secretary of State Jim Bennett. He played an important part in my becoming an election administrator in Alabama. He recruited me to come back to Alabama after I accepted a job in North Carolina. I had worked two years with him previously when I was with a unit at Auburn University which had contracts with the Secretary of State, mainly to implement programs under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

Working with Secretary of State Jim Bennett and Anita Tatum, Director of Voter Registration

The accompanying photo is from those early years when I worked closely with Secretary Bennett. In the photo is me (left), Secretary Bennett (center), and Anita Tatum (right), the Director of the former Office of Voter Registration. Ms. Tatum’s office was merged into the Secretary of State’s office later.

Unfortunately, we lost Secretary Bennett in 2016 to cancer

Secretary Bennett served an incredible 12 years as Secretary of State, not to mention his other service to the people of Alabama in the Alabama House of Representatives and Alabama Senate.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him and for him. He was the consummate public servant and an amazing role model for my career.

Announcement of Candidacy for Secretary of State

Yesterday, I announced my candidacy for the office of Secretary of State in the 2022 election cycle. You can read the press release by clicking here.

I invite all Alabamians to support my campaign.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to write me at

You can also contact me on my campaign’s Facebook page, by clicking here.