Trump appoints Alabama probate judge, a Democrat, to controversial election commission
President Donald Trump will name Jefferson County Place One Probate Judge Alan King – a Democrat – to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, the White House announced.
King, along with fellow new appointee Christian Adams of Virginia, will join the 15-member panel charged with investigating the president’s claims of voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. Officials in 44 states have expressed reservations about the panel’s request, which includes names, addresses and birth dates of all registered voters, as well as their political parties, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers and voting history dating back to 2006.
The group is expected to hold its first meeting on July 19, though its request has been placed on hold pending the outcome of a suit seeking to stop the release.
King, who has been probate judge more than 16 years, said he was contacted by Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill about a month ago regarding the commission. Since then he has had contact with White House officials about the appointment.
“They are aware I am a life-long Democrat,” said King, adding he believes that’s one of the reasons he was chosen. “And I informed them that there was not any voter fraud in Jefferson County and there has not been any voter fraud for 30 years or more than that.”
King said he is an experienced election official, overseeing local, state and federal elections. “It is my hope that I can be an experienced voice on the Election Integrity Commission,” he said.
King said he promised the White House he would weigh the evidence like he would do in judicial cases that come before him and vote accordingly.
“I think it’s important,” said King, the chief election official for Jefferson County. “All American citizens regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity should be allowed to vote.”
King is a graduate of the University of Alabama, Cumberland School of Law and Birmingham Southern-College with a masters in public and private management. He practiced law for 18 years before his election as Jefferson County Probate Judge in 2000.
Adams, who worked for the Department of Justice in the George W. Bush administration, penned a book titled “”Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department,” and has made claims that undocumented immigrants registered to vote, the Hill reported. He is a columnist for the conservative site PJ Media.