Jefferson County Probate Judge Alan King said there were no crossover votes cast in the county during the Sept. 26 Republican runoff in the special election for the U.S. Senate. Last week, King had said he believed most of the 380 voters on a preliminary list of crossover voters did not vote that day. In an email today to Secretary of State John Merrill and other officials, King said an investigation by Board of Registrars Chairman Barry Stephenson determined all 380 were attributed to mistakes by poll workers and others. “As (of ) 5 PM last Friday (October 27, 2017) we had every error corrected and there are no ‘cross-over’ votes in Jefferson County,” King wrote (bold in original email).
The preliminary list of crossover voters included 674 names statewide, with by far the most in Jefferson County. Merrill sent the list to counties to verify and asked for them to report any mistakes by Nov. 6.
“That’s outstanding news,” Merrill said of King’s report. “What it does for us is indicates that the process worked.”
Merrill said he would send the verified list to prosecutors and said he wanted the those who intentionally broke the new law to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Voter fraud is a Class C felony, punishable by 1 to 10 years and a fine of up to $15,000.