In a tweet responding to Rep. Terry Sewell's (D-AL) criticism of Merrill's comments, Jenkins said he has found that the voter registration process in Alabama is "complex and complicated."
— Brian Jenkins (@thatbjenkins) November 3, 2016
In response, Merrill threatened to prosecute Jenkins if he was registered in two states, even though Jenkins never claimed to be registered in Alabama.
— John Merrill (@JohnHMerrill) November 3, 2016
In a Thursday statement, Jenkins said that Merrill's response to him on Twitter shows that the fight for voting rights is not over in Alabama.
"Alabama has a long history of jailing people in the fight for voting rights and it looks like some things haven’t changed in 50 years. The spirit of George Wallace and Jim Clark is alive and well in the Alabama State House and John Merrill’s threats should serve as a reminder that this work isn’t over," Jenkins said. "John Merrill has been tasked with overseeing a fair and democratic election in Alabama - he has proven that he is not capable of doing so."