Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill’s office notified counties today that they must tabulate write-in votes in last Tuesday’s special election for the U.S. Senate. The notification is one step in the process of certifying Tuesday’s vote. State law requires counties to tabulate the write-in votes unless the number of write-ins is fewer than the deciding margin in the race.
According to results as of today, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore by 20,625 votes, Merrill’s office said, a margin of 1.5 percent. There were 22,814 write-in votes, or 1.7 percent of the total.
On Tuesday, county canvassing boards will count provisional ballots and overseas ballots. Counties must publicly declare the results by noon on Friday and report them to the secretary of state.