Reality Check: Fact-checking Roy Moore attack ad
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
A Roy Moore attack ad is prompting Alabama's Secretary of State to weigh in and clarify what is public record when it comes to voting. The ad says, "your vote is public record and your community will know whether or not you helped stop Roy Moore." The ad makes it sound like everyone will know who you vote for in next week's special U.S. Senate election.
That is not true. How you vote is not public record. Some aspects of voting data is public record, like if you vote, but the state does not keep any record of who you vote for in an election.
"We have communicated with the individual(s) that created the video and have expressed to them the misinterpretations presented in this political commercial. Monday, the PAC responded to the Office and indicated they would not amend nor take out any of the information in the ad," Secretary John Merrill said in a statement.
The Highway 31 PAC, which supports Doug Jones paid for the ad.