State will not prosecute Republican US Senate primary runoff crossover voters


The Alabama Secretary of State's office says it will not seek prosecution for the hundreds of voters who were given credit for voting in the Democratic primary and Republican runoff.

Posted: Nov 17, 2017 5:05 PM

Not a single person among the 674 voters given credit for crossing over during the U.S. Senate special election primaries will face legal consequences, according to the Secretary of State's office.

While there is a new crossover voting law in Alabama that prevents voters in one party's primary to vote in another party's runoff, it was determined upon review none of the votes required additional investigation or potential prosecution.

Election officials say out of the 674 voters, 534 of them were found to possibly be linked to poll worker or registrar errors. After the Secretary of State's office contacted the remaining probate judges for the 140 other voters, none recommended further investigation despite being confirmed violations.

The state says it will not forward the names of the crossover voters over to local district attorneys or the attorney general.

Secretary of State John Merrill says only .03 percent of all voters in the primaries were identified as crossover votes.

Voters have until November 27 to register for the U.S. Senate special election on December 12.

You can register online here.

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