On Friday, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced that Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson will revisit Alabama. On Nov. 19, Dr. Carson will appear at the University of South Alabama Mitchell Center from 4 to 5 p.m. for a free rally. Following the rally, there will be a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at a residence for those who wish for a private audience with Dr. Carson.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $500 per ticket, $1,000 for VIP and $2,700 per host committee person and are available on Dr. Carson’s website. Additional details on Dr. Carson’s visit will be released as updates are received.

The Secretary of State commented on Dr. Carson’s return to Alabama: “Candidates that continue to visit our state are proof that the SEC Primary is real and working,” said Secretary Merrill. “With the assistance and full support of the Alabama Legislature, one of the most significant things we have done in the Secretary of State’s Office is change the primary date to March 1. Since the March primary legislation passed, the top two Democratic candidates and seven of the top Republican candidates have made campaign stops in Alabama, which is unheard of for our state. Our state has a strong voice, and it is being heard through the SEC Primary! As Secretary of State, I will continue to position Alabama and the South as a place where Presidential candidates are willing to make an effort to visit and meet our remarkable people.”

Dr. Carson visited Alabama in August during a luncheon in Pike Road.

Alabama recently saw visits from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. For more information on meeting the candidates, please contact the Office of the Secretary of State at 334-242-7200.

This communication was submitted by the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office is not an endorsement of any particular candidate or political party but an effort to encourage voter participation and registration, as well as participation in the SEC Primary, which will be held on March 1, 2016.