Allen testifies before United States Senate

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Alabama Secretary of State Wes Allen (contributed)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Secretary of State Wes Allen testified before and answered the questions of members the United States Senate on the topic of election administration and integrity on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

Sen. Katie Britt-R, Alabama,  introduced Allen to the committee.

“I was honored to introduce my friend, Secretary of State Wes Allen, at this week’s hearing and was thrilled to have him represent our great state at this important committee hearing. I’ll continue to fight on the federal level to strengthen election integrity nationwide,” said Britt.

Britt asked Allen to explain the tools available to election officials to guarantee that only United States citizens are registering to vote or voting in elections.

“The simple answer is that we do not have anything at our disposal to verify citizenship,” explained Allen. “Back in December, we asked the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for a list of noncitizens so we could cross-check our voter file in Alabama. We were denied that list from the federal government.”

According to Allen’s office, in response to the Secretary of State’s office’s request for a list of noncitizens, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services directed this Office to use the Systematic Alien Verification Entitlements (SAVE) program to verify citizenship. However, it said, SAVE explicitly states that it is not to be used to verify citizenship for the purposes of voter registration.

Said Allen, “The federal government and the federal courts have blocked previous efforts by states to verify citizenship and I think that it is important now more than ever, especially given what is happening at our southern border.”

The full text of Allen’s oral testimony may be found here: www.sos.alabama.gov/newsroom/alabama-secretary-state-wes-allen-oral-testimony-united-states-senate.

To watch the recording of the hearing, click here: www.rules.senate.gov/hearings/03/05/2024/administration-of-upcoming-elections.