Q Proponents of petitions for the sale, distribution, and possession of alcoholic liquors in our county and petitions for an election have inquired as to whether they may submit the names of the petition-signers to the circuit clerk for verification prior to submission to the board of supervisors. May the circuit clerk examine and certify the names prior to submission to the board and, if so, is the circuit clerk required to do so?

A The circuit clerk is not required to examine and certify that names on the petitions are qualified electors of the county prior to the petition being presented to the board of supervisors for the purpose of determining that each petition contains the minimum number of required signatures. However, we think it is the best practice and is necessary to protect the integrity of the process in most if not all cases. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Clanton, May 14, 2019)