Thursday, April 14, 2005
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Surly Worley

The Tuscaloosa News asks "if the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office has become dysfunctional under [Democrat] Nancy Worley’s administration of a little more than two years."

At issue was a bill proposed by Rep. Lesley Vance, D-Phenix City, that would remove the office of voter registration from Worley’s control and re-establish an independent office that existed -- and from all evidence worked extremely well -- from 1989 until Worley took over in 2003.

“You can’t imagine the number of complaints I have had and lawsuits based on the action of the secretary of state," testified E.J. “Mac" McArthur Jr., director of the Alabama State Employees Association.

Registrars, who are appointed three to each of/sAlabama’s 67 counties by the governor, state auditor and commissioner of agriculture and industries, are in an up-roar, McArthur and others said. Those testifying said registrars often can’t even get their phone calls to Worley returned.

Depending on the day of the week, Worley has blamed attempts to take away her authority on racism, Republican partisanship, personal attacks by people who aren't willing to work hard, and personality conflicts with "touchy-feely" registrars.

Mrs. Worley seems a little uptight...maybe she needs to take a little time off and curl up with a good book .