Ralph Chapoco

Ralph Chapoco

Ralph Chapoco covers state politics as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. His main responsibility is the criminal justice system in Alabama.

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Alabama is creating its own voter database. Experts aren’t sure that’s wise.

By: - October 11, 2023

When Alabama Secretary of State Wes Allen unveiled the Alabama Voter Integrity Database (AVID) on Sept. 18, he fulfilled a campaign promise to voters to replace the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) he withdrew from nine months earlier. But several critics question the wisdom of pulling out of ERIC, a service that was shown to […]

In Selma, President Joe Biden vows to continue work on voting rights

By: - March 6, 2023

Rev. Barber joins the president at site of historic civil rights event President Joe Biden Sunday praised the courage of civil rights activists and condemned efforts to restrict voting and attack the election process in a speech commemorating the 58th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma. In his 20-minute address delivered at the foot of […]