Signs, T-Shirts, Bumper Stickers, & Round Stickers

Signs, t-shirts, bumper stickers, and round stickers are now available!

If you’d like one of them, or all of them, please contact me at ed@edpackard.com or 334-826-3606.

Thank you for your support between now and the May 24th primary election. And thank you for your support and vote on May 24th!

Campaign Materials Available Now!

Around Alabama: Hoover, Ider & Flat Rock

I was honored to speak to the Alabama Federation of Republican Woman (AFRW) on Saturday. They were meeting at the Inverness Country Club in Inverness, a neighborhood in Hoover. If you are unfamiliar with Inverness, it’s just south of Birmingham on U.S. Highway 280.

I first spoke to the presidents of various county-level affiliates of the AFRW. In addition to my sharing information about my candidacy for Secretary of State, I discussed photo voter ID with them and answered questions they had on the subject.

With the Presidents of the County AFRW Affiliates

Upon the conclusion of my speaking with the presidents, Britney Garner, president of the AFRW asked me join the treasurers of numerous county-level affiliates of the AFRW. The treasurers wanted to ask me questions about campaign finance reporting under the Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA), Alabama’s campaign finance law.

With the Treasurers of County AFRW Affiliates

I thought this request would be for a short round of questions and answers. However, it became an impromptus class in campaign finance reporting, lasting well over an hour … the kind of service I would provide during my 24+ years on staff at the Secretary of State’s office.

I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with the treasurers and to assist them with their campaign finance concerns.

Exiting I-59 for Sand Mountain

After leaving the AFRW meeting, I drove to DeKalb and Jackson Counties in northeast Alabama, two counties where my mother’s side of our family is from.

At the top of Sand Mountain at Sulphur Springs Gap

I spent time in Ider (DeKalb County) and Flat Rock (Jackson County) before returning home to Prattville.

Around Alabama: Hoover, Ider & Flat Rock

I was honored to speak to the Alabama Federation of Republican Woman (AFRW) on Saturday. They were meeting at the Inverness Country Club in Inverness, a neighborhood in Hoover. If you are unfamiliar with Inverness, it’s just south of Birmingham on U.S. Highway 280.

I first spoke to the presidents of various county-level affiliates of the AFRW. In addition to my sharing information about my candidacy for Secretary of State, I discussed photo voter ID with them and answered questions they had on the subject.

With the Presidents of the County AFRW Affiliates

Upon the conclusion of my speaking with the presidents, Britney Garner, president of the AFRW asked me join the treasurers of numerous county-level affiliates of the AFRW. The treasurers wanted to ask me questions about campaign finance reporting under the Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA), Alabama’s campaign finance law.

With the Treasurers of County AFRW Affiliates

I thought this request would be for a short round of questions and answers. However, it became an impromptus class in campaign finance reporting, lasting well over an hour … the kind of service I would provide during my 24+ years on staff at the Secretary of State’s office.

I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with the treasurers and to assist them with their campaign finance concerns.

Exiting I-59 for Sand Mountain

After leaving the AFRW meeting, I drove to DeKalb and Jackson Counties in northeast Alabama, two counties where my mother’s side of our family is from.

At the top of Sand Mountain at Sulphur Springs Gap

I spent time in Ider (DeKalb County) and Flat Rock (Jackson County) before returning home to Prattville.

Great Day – Wednesday: Probate Judges & Montgomery Voters

Today was another great day, especially with meeting voters and election officials.

This evening, at the invitation of a local shop owner, I met with a group of Montgomery voters at Baumhowers Victory Grill. I enjoyed meeting and talking with the people that had gathered for their usual weekly event.

I introduced myself and shared with them information about my candidacy for Secretary of State. Then, in small groups, we discussed whatever came to mind: Air Force life (one guy had served in that branch; I was an Air Force brat in my formative years); airplanes; comic books; politicians; etc.

After that meeting concluded, I went to meet various Probate Judges at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Montgomery. I was glad to have the opportunity to catch up with the judges since I hadn’t visited with them in quite some time due to the pandemic.

The judges and I swapped stories about elections we administered, their counties, Covid … and music. Talking about musicians and singers was pretty fun, but several judges stole the show by breaking out instruments and performing for us.

Probate Judges Harry D’Olive Jr. (Baldwin County), Ronnie Osborn (DeKalb County), Greg Dutton (Lawrence County), and Paul Story (Chambers County)

Tomorrow, I’ll have the opportunity to catch up with more Probate Judges and speak to their group as a whole about my candidacy.

Great Day! Talladega, St. Clair and Jackson Counties!

Tuesday (1/18/2022) was a great day, filled with visits with great Republicans in Talladega, St. Clair, and Jackson Counties. My message and agenda items are resonating with people and they (the people) have been showing a lot of support for my candidacy.

The day started with my traveling to Talladega County to drop off campaign materials with the county Republican Party and a passionate supporter.

In St. Clair County, my long-time friend and elections administration colleague, Deborah Howard, continues to assist me. I’m very appreciative of her efforts. If you need help with any election-related issues in St. Clair County, she can help you!

Deborah Howard and Me

I provided Deborah campaign materials as well and then met various people at both the Pell City and Ashville courthouses. I thank Ken Crowe, county Revenue Commissioner, and Deborah for showing me around.

I met with members of the Jackson County Republican Party at Cattle Stampede Steakhouse in Scottsboro. I enjoyed talking to them one-on-one and then speaking to the group as a whole, especially when answering their questions about Alabama election law and procedures.

I appreciate that my cousin, Pamela Norton of Ider, joined me at the meeting. (Yes, I’m aware that Ider is in DeKalb County! But she lives near and works in Scottsboro and has shown tremendous support for my campaign!)

Pamela Norton, my cousin and supporter from Ider

At the Jackson County meeting, I was able to spend time and catch up with a couple of the county’s election officials, with whom I’ve worked for years: Bart Buchanan, Circuit Clerk and Absentee Election Manager; and Kathy Thompson, a member of the Board of Registrars. Since I have usually interacted with county election officials over the phone, it’s great when I can see them in-person!

Bart Buchanan and Me
Kathy Thompson and Me

I’m looking forward to upcoming visits in many other of Alabama’s great counties.

Election Integrity

I was asked in a round about way my position on how we Alabamians can ensure our elections have integrity.

My recommendation for ensuring election integrity is that the Legislature should mandate post-election procedural audits so that the public knows that election administrators have conducted their election according to state and federal laws and regulations.

I have long said during my near-25-year career in the Secretary of State’s office that our elections can have integrity only if the election administrators faithfully comply with the laws and regulations that govern our elections.

If members of the public believe that election officials themselves are doing the wrong thing, even if unintentionally, those people will lose faith in elections.

In calling for these procedural audits, I’m in no way alleging that Alabama’s election administrators have performed in any way other than professionally and honorably. My experience over many years with probate judges, absentee election managers (who are predominantly circuit clerks), sheriffs, members of the boards of registrars, and city and town clerks, is that they perform their duties with integrity and are committed to serving their voters well.

However, it is not necessarily enough to speak of professionalism, honor, integrity, and commitment. Some Alabamians seem to have a kinship with Missourians, who, a long time ago, adopted as their state motto “Show Me”!

From what I have seen, the election administrators I have worked with for over 24 years have always stood ready to show their constituents what they do. They take their responsibilities as election officials seriously and perform their duties with pride.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Alabama is one of six states that do not require any kind of post-election audit. Our legislature should remedy that situation.

In 2021, to its credit, the Alabama Legislature did pass legislation to require a pilot program for a post-election audit in the 2022 general election. That pilot will involve three counties. We, including members of the Legislature, can and should learn from this pilot program.

Election administrators are not the only people, though, that can help us have faith and confidence in our elections. All of us, as voters in our Great State of Alabama, have a role in ensuring election integrity.

While we may not all be official poll watchers representing a candidate or a political party, we all see what happens at our polling place. If you see something that raises your eyebrow (especially if it raises both eyebrows!), never hesitate to talk to your probate judge (in county-run elections), your city or town clerk (in municipal elections), or the Secretary of State or Attorney General about it.

Whoever you contact can assess whether what you saw was consistent with election laws and regulations. If what you saw is consistent with election laws and regulations, perhaps they can set your mind at ease. But, if what you saw is not consistent with election laws and regulations, they can advise you of what additional steps, if any, are needed to begin an investigation.

As law enforcement often advises the public, if you see something, say something. And do so promptly, especially on Election Day, so that the situation can be addressed as quickly as possible.

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.