Alabama Prosecutors to get names of "crossover" voters

Oct 21, 2017

The state of Alabama will give prosecutors 674 names of voters who crossed party lines during the September GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. Those people, who voted in the Democratic primary and later in the Republican primary, are in apparent violation of the state's new crossover voting ban. Secretary of State John Merrill says he plans to send the names to the attorney general and district attorneys after local election officials check the list for errors. The move signals a hardline approach to the new state law — used for the first time in the U.S. Senate runoff — that adds fraudulent crossover voting to the list of other felony voting crimes, such as voting twice. Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley said the ban was new in this election and you would have more problems. "Going out on a witch hunt is the wrong word, but I think it is problematic that you would seek out people who crossed over and voted without assuring that every single training, every single instruction, every single understanding was followed in this election," Worley said.