Inauguration 2007: Beth Chapman Sworn In As Secretary of State

Beth Chapman moved from the State Auditor's office to the Secretary of State's office on Monday.

She says her main goal in her new job is to make sure Alabama has honest elections.  In her inaugural speech,  she said dead people are no longer allowed to vote in Alabama.   She drew loud applause when she encouraged the Legislature to pass a law requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

Currently, voters can show IDs that don't have a photo, such as a Social Security card.       Chapman also said she intends to get Alabama into compliance with the Help America Vote Act and get Alabama out from under an embarrassing federal lawsuit over noncompliance.

Courtesy: Alabama Associated Press