Jefferson County Probate Judge Alan King said today he believes that most of the county’s 380 voters listed as illegal crossover voters in the Sept. 26 election did not actually vote that day. King said a chief inspector at one precinct misunderstood procedures and crossed off the names of those who voted in the Aug. 15 Democratic primary to ensure they could not vote again in the Republican runoff. “And so, it makes it appear, if someone is looking at our data that yes, someone on Sept. 26 came in and voted and received a Republican ballot on Sept. 26, when the reality is, no they didn’t,” King said. King said that explanation is based on his conversations with Barry Stephenson, chief of the county’s board of registrars. King said they would fully investigate the matter next week.
The Legislature passed the ban on crossover voting this year and it was in effect for the first time for last month’s runoff between Roy Moore and Sen. Luther Strange for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. Voters who voted in the Democratic primary on Aug. 15 were not eligible to vote in the Republican runoff because of the new law.
Last week, Secretary of State John Merrill said his office had identified 674 people who had voted in the Democratic primary who also voted in the Republican runoff the following month.