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One of the big topics driving the discussion on the GOP side of Alabama's U.S. Senate race has been election integrity. It has also been on the minds of conservatives as screenings of Dinesh D'Souza's "2000 Mules" are taking place all over the country.

In Alabama, most Republican voters seem to be satisfied with Alabama's election integrity as it is presently constituted.

However, Alabama Republican Party Chairman John Wahl says there are some things he would like to see done to prevent abuses in the future, should the state ever fall under the "wrong leadership."

During an interview with Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Wahl offered some suggestions for policymakers pertaining to voting machines.

"We really do have some of the best laws in the country," Wahl said. "But there are two things I want to see done. One, let's make sure we follow our laws. Let's make sure we go through all of our local precincts, all of our local probate judges are following the laws we have in place because it doesn't matter how good your laws are if they're not being followed.

"Two, I never think there should be a voting machine that has the ability to be hooked up to the internet. I am not just talking about, 'OK, does it have a modem or does it not have a modem.' No, we should not have machines that are capable of being hooked up to the internet whether a modem is in it or not. And we should also not have machines that can be preprogrammed to come out with a different result than the ballots that are put in. We need simple counting machines -- nothing programmable, nothing that can be hooked up to the internet. Those are the areas I think are very important."

Wahl said the issues he laid out were not at the root of any existing problems, but he warned under different leadership, abuses could take place. 

"I really don't think it is an issue, but I think it could be with the wrong leadership," Wahl said. "And I think any time you can put a system in place that prevents a problem that might not be able to happen is a good thing ... I would rather move the ball in the more conservative direction than staying where we're at and moving the ball to the left. And with that in mind, I would love to highlight that there are some issues that could be better and try to move in that direction. Always move in the right direction if possible."

To connect with the author of this story, or to comment, email jeff.poor@1819News.com.

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