Alabama’s House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a measure that would allow the state’s top law enforcement official to testify about the investigation of alleged voter fraud, as well as the efforts of the Justice Department to investigate voter fraud.
Rep. Matt Biederman, D-Birmingham, who heads the state Senate’s criminal justice committee, proposed the measure after a weeklong investigation into allegations that tens of thousands of people cast ballots in the state during the 2016 election.
The investigation into the alleged fraud and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials in the election, according to a report in The Associated Press, uncovered evidence of voter impersonation and widespread fraud.
In addition, the report found that there were more than 5,000 dead people on the voter rolls, according the AP.
In addition to the testimony, Biedermans office will be able to provide a list of all the counties in Alabama that reported voter fraud during the election.
The bill, which now goes to the Senate, would also provide for the state to submit an annual report to the secretary of state that details how the number of dead voters on the rolls has changed over time, and how many people were registered as a non-citizens, according Biederms office.
The proposal follows the recommendations of an investigation by the nonpartisan Justice Department into alleged voter suppression and voter fraud in Alabama during the presidential election.
On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 12-7 to pass the bill, with Republican Rep. Todd Starnes of Huntsville dissenting.
The legislation passed the Senate in March.
The Senate approved the measure by a wide margin in May, according a tally by Alabama Public Television.
In an emailed statement, Starns said, “The legislation is intended to ensure that state and local authorities can conduct meaningful investigations and to ensure integrity of the elections process in Alabama.”
He also called on the Trump administration to ensure accountability and accountability-focused oversight of the investigation.
“We cannot allow partisan politics to stifle the investigation into these allegations,” Starn