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Greater Birmingham Young Republicans revokes support of Roy Moore

Chip Brownlee



By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Republican Party is sticking by Senate hopeful Roy Moore, but some of the party’s younger members are distancing themselves from the controversial candidate after several women levied accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

The Greater Birmingham Young Republicans, a group which represents young republicans between the ages of 18 and 40, voted Thursday to censure and revoke its support of Roy Moore.

“Roy Moore has yet to provide credible evidence or explanation to discredit these allegations,” the resolution reads. “The Greater Birmingham Young Republicans believe in innocence until proven guilty but not electability until proven guilty.”

The resolution went on to call for the Alabama GOP Steering Committee to censure and revoke Moore’s status as a candidate. Despite calls from national Republican leaders, the ALGOP decided Wednesday at a committee meeting to stick by Moore.


“The ALGOP Steering Committee supports Judge Roy Moore as our nominee and trusts the voters as they make the ultimate decision in this crucial race,” ALGOP chairwoman Terry Lathan said in a statement Thursday.

Moore faces off against Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 special election.

At least three women have come forward alleging Moore sexually assaulted them. Leigh Corfman was 14, younger than the age of consent in Alabama, when she says Moore, 32 at the time, initiated sexual contact with her at his home outside of Gadsden in 1979, according to a Washington Post report.

Beverly Young Nelson was 16 when, in 1977, Moore offered her a ride home from the Gadsden restaurant she was working at. Instead of taking her home, she alleges he drove behind the restaurant, parked by a dumpster and tried to assault her — including trying to force her head into his crotch — before leaving her bruised on the ground after she refused his advances.

Moore, who turned 30 in 1977 and was an upstart prosecutor working in the Etowah County District Attorney’s Office, has blanketly denied the allegations, though he has only specifically denied the allegations levied by Nelson and Corfman.

“I adamantly deny the allegations of Leigh Corfman and Beverly Nelson, did not date underage girls, and have taken steps to begin a civil action for defamation,” Moore wrote in an open letter to conservative talk show host Sean Hannity. Moore has ignored questions from the media about the accusations and has said he isn’t able to comment further because of the possibility that his attorneys may file defamation lawsuits against and the Washington Post.

Tina Johnson, who spoke with, said Moore “grabbed” her buttocks after a meeting in his Gadsden law office in 1991. Moore was already married to his wife, Kayla Moore, in 1991.

Four other women, who were between the ages of 16–18 at the time of their accounts, have said Moore approached them repeatedly and persistently in Gadsden between 1977 and 1981, asking them on dates and eventually taking some out — adding to allegations that Moore had a penchant for pursuing women quite his junior.

Moore has long been a contentious and divisive figure both in Alabama and on the national stage, having been removed twice from the state’s highest court for defying federal court orders. He was removed in 2003 for refusing to take down a 2-ton granite Ten Commandments monument, and again last year for defying the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling.

“Roy Moore has a record of failed governance and jurisprudence as evidenced by his being removed from the office of Cheif Justice of Alabama,” the GBYR resolution reads.

The GBYR said they are “committed to protecting women and children from similar acts of sexual misconduct” and urged anyone who has been a victim to call an assault counseling hotline at 1-800-650-6522.


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Shelby’s Chief of Staff Katie Britt chosen to lead Business Council of Alabama

Brandon Moseley



Friday, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, R-Ala., announced the departure of his chief of staff, Katie Boyd Britt, following the official notice of her decision to serve as President and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, a non-partisan business association representing companies throughout the state.

“Katie Britt is an exceptional choice to serve as CEO of the Business Council of Alabama,” said Senator Shelby. “She has been invaluable as my chief of staff over the last several years. Although I am disappointed to see her go, I know that my loss is BCA’s gain. Throughout Katie’s time in my office, she demonstrated a unique ability to solve any problem. Not only did she work as my top advisor on all matters, but she also developed bipartisan relationships with lawmakers, top committee and leadership staff, and stakeholders to successfully negotiate complex issues and legislation. Katie understands the intersection of business and politics. I have no doubt that her experience in Alabama and the Senate will establish her as an asset to BCA.”

“We are excited to welcome Katie as the BCA’s new president,” said Alabama Power CEO Mark Crosswhite, who chairs the BCA’s Executive Committee. “As the top staff member for Senator Shelby, she has worked daily with businesses and elected officials from around Alabama and the country. She also has a special ability to work with and unite people from all walks of life. She has all of the tools we were looking for to support the business growth across the state that will drive our economy in the years ahead.”

BCA Executive Committee Member Carl Jamison said Britt brought to the table the qualities and experience needed to successfully move BCA forward.

“BCA has an important responsibility to its members and to our state moving forward,” Jamison said. “With Katie’s energy and experiences in Montgomery and Washington, she understands the constructive role BCA can play.”


“I am grateful for Katie’s leadership and ability to prioritize what’s best for our state. It is with pride that I wish her, Wesley, Bennett, and Ridgeway all the best as they return to Alabama,” concluded Shelby.

Katie Boyd Britt is a native of Enterprise. She has served as chief of staff to Senator Shelby since 2016, following her role as deputy campaign manager and communications director during the Senator’s most recent reelection campaign.

“My heart is in Alabama,” said Britt. “Our state has made significant progress in recent years, and I am honored to have been chosen to lead BCA during this time of growth. I look forward to building on that momentum through collective efforts with our BCA members, elected officials, and business allies across the state – identifying opportunities every day in which we can provide and advance real, tangible solutions. BCA’s successes are Alabama’s successes, and our unique ability to take on big challenges and deliver strategic results will advance our economy and best serve the men and women who make up the backbone of our state.”

“It has been my life privilege to serve and assist Alabama’s greatest statesman,” Britt said. “I am very eager to apply the lessons I learned from him in this new position. I am certain the invaluable experiences of touring every county in Alabama with Senator Shelby, and meeting so many Alabamians, will serve me well as I work to create opportunities for all Alabama business.”

Britt said that a strong BCA is vital for Alabama’s success as a state and for its residents.

“From the Tennessee Valley to the Wiregrass and then over to Mobile Bay, we have a remarkably diverse economy,” Britt said. “But to ensure Alabama’s future success, we must encourage policies and priorities that strengthen our businesses and provide opportunities for our citizens.”

Britt first joined Senator Shelby’s staff in May 2004, as deputy press secretary and later served as press secretary until 2007. After working on Capitol Hill, she served as special assistant to The University of Alabama President, Robert E. Witt. Britt later received a law degree from The University of Alabama School of Law. She also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a minor in Blount Liberal Arts. While there, she served on the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board and represented the School of Law on the school’s Tax Moot Court team. Following graduation, Britt practiced law at Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP in Birmingham and later at Butler Snow LLP in both Birmingham and Montgomery. There, her practice was focused on general corporate law, specifically mergers and acquisitions. During her time at Butler Snow, Britt started and led the firm’s government affairs practice in the state of Alabama.

Katie Boyd Britt is married to Wesley Britt, who started 46 games on the offensive line of the University of Alabama football team and played four years in the NFL for the New England Patriots. He is an economic development representative for Alabama Power.

Britt fills a role that Billy Canary vacated when he left to accept a position at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. After the Republican landslide win in 2010, Canary surpassed AEA Executive Secretary Paul Hubbert (now deceased) as the most influential lobbyist in the state. Canary, however, was widely criticized for his role in the 2016 corruption trial of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn. Canary was never indicted, but the hit to his reputation has been credited with the failure of efforts to convince legislators to support a controversial plan for a massive increase in fuel taxes to support a bond issue for road construction. It has failed for the past three legislative sessions. The gas tax increase is, however, likely to be brought back again in 2019, after the election. The road builders and county commissioners are eager for new funds for transportation projects.

BCA was founded in 1985 as an organization to consolidate the Alabama Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Alabama. The organization aims to improve the state’s overall business climate and serves an instrumental role in securing passage of a number of reforms in the areas of tax credits for small businesses, job creation, economic development, ethics reforms and the public education system. BCA is also the exclusive affiliate in Alabama for the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S Chamber of Commerce.

Wikipedia was referenced in the writing of this article.

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Should Medicaid expansion be on the 2019 legislative agenda? Experts say it has to be

Chip Brownlee



In Alabama, Republican politicians have ignored the question of Medicaid expansion or rejected it outright, refusing to bring the issue to the floor of the state Legislature, but an outgoing Republican senator and hospital officials are pushing for it to be on the 2019 legislative agenda.

Voters appear to be on the side against expansion, having overwhelmingly rejected Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox, who based a large part of his campaign on Medicaid expansion.

Outside of the Yellowhammer State, though, election day shaped up to be a landmark moment for Medicaid expansion. More states are set to join Medicaid expansion in the next year than in any year since the expansion option created under the Affordable Care Act first became available in 2014.

That momentum in favor of expansion has yet to reach Alabama, which remains as one of the 14 states where politicians have refused to expand the health insurance program for low-income people.

“As we’ve seen more and more states expand, we still haven’t had this issue discussed on the floor of the Alabama Legislature, and we’re now six years down the road, and it looks like we’re emerging to be one of the few hold-out states,” said David Becker, an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health.


Support for the program is spreading to more conservative areas. Voters in three deeply red states — Idaho, Nebraska and Utah — approved ballot initiatives requiring their state to expand Medicaid, and three other states — Kansas, Wisconsin and Maine — elected Democratic governors who are likely to push for expansion.

In Maine, their newly elected Democratic governor is likely to implement a Medicaid expansion plan put on hold by their current Republican governor after voters approved a ballot initiative last year.

Voters’ decisions at ballot boxes in those seven states come after Virginia’s Legislature earlier this year chose to support expansion, meaning eight states will likely expand or begin expanding their Medicaid programs over the next year. Virginia is already enrolling new beneficiaries.

Despite what appears to be a solid opposition among Alabama Republicans, some public health experts and hospital officials, including the Alabama Hospital Association, are issuing dire calls for a renewed debate.

“Medicaid expansion is the one thing the state can do to prevent more hospital closures, loss of jobs, and cutbacks on services,” said Danne Howard, the association’s chief policy officer.

The association — and the more than 100 individual hospitals it represents across Alabama, many of them rural and some of them teetering on the edge of closing — view the situation as so dire that the association plans to launch a renewed effort early next year to bring the discussion back to the forefront ahead of the 2019 legislative session, when a new class of state lawmakers will take office.

“It will impact or it will help rural hospitals because there are a large number of uninsured and unhealthy people in rural Alabama,” Howard said. “Alabama is predominantly a rural state, and between Medicare, the uninsured and Medicaid, that is the significant volume of patients in rural hospitals.”

A ‘critical’ need

Rural hospitals across the country, but particularly in non-expansion states like Alabama, are closing at an alarming rate, largely because an influx of money from more folk covered by Medicaid was intended to offset cuts to Medicare reimbursements built into the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.

With no offset there, hospitals have lost money. A solution needs to come quick, experts have said.

Six rural Alabama hospitals have closed since 2011, and more were closing before that year.

Though a few have reopened because of local tax increases, the situation could get worse. Nearly 90 percent of the remaining rural hospitals in Alabama are bleeding money — operating at a loss and routinely cutting back on staff and services, according to the association.

“Hospitals have been living on their reserves, and those reserves are nearing the end, and that’s why you are seeing more hospitals close,” Howard said, noting that a number of issues have led to the dire straits for hospitals, though all of the issues are related to low reimbursement rates one way or another.

Some Republicans have seen the negative impacts in their districts.

“We can’t continue to close rural hospitals and devastate rural Alabama with inadequate health care,” said retiring Sen. Gerald Dial, a Republican who chaired the Senate’s health committee for two years.

Earlier this year, Dial published op-eds in Alabama newspapers calling on the Republican-led Legislature to consider Medicaid expansion. He’s one of the few Republicans who has called for at least a partial expansion under revised rules.

“They can fund this,” Dial told APR. “This is so critical.”

Rural hospitals, the ones in the most danger of closing, are often the only place within a timely distance where rural residents — like those in Dial’s east Alabama district — can get care.

“It even affects the farmers,” Dial said. “If a farmer is out there, and he breaks a leg or gets an arm cut off, is he going to die before he can get 70 miles to a hospital? Or can you run him 10 miles down the road and get him to a hospital and get him some care? It affects every one of us.”

The potential for economic growth

There are some positives in the conversation. When Becker and his partner at the UAB School of Public Health released their economic analysis in 2012, they were tailoring it for a particular audience.

“We wrote this report kind of realizing the audience who would be receiving it,” Becker said in an interview. “That we kind of understand the political environment of Alabama, and tugging at the heartstrings might not be the most effective strategy in making the case for expansion.”

Their report found that expansion would cost the state about $770 million over the first seven years in costs, but could potentially result in $20 billion in economic growth over the same time period.

Beginning in 2014, the federal government would have financed 100 percent of the costs for those made newly eligible for Medicaid until 2016.

After that, the federal match phases down to 90 percent by 2020, where it will stay, meaning for every dollar the state spends on new enrollees, it would get $9 in return from the federal government.

Though Becker’s report is now six years old, the general takeaways still apply, he said. “The tax revenues generated from expansion would exceed the cost to the state, and so in that sense, it was just sort of a win-win proposition,” Becker said.

Becker’s analysis found that after the first year of expansion, Alabama could likely finance its portion of the new costs with the new tax revenues that would result. The hospital association and Dial have made similar arguments.

“We’re losing about $700 million (in federal matches) in Alabama every year because we haven’t expanded, and we continue to see our rural hospitals close,” Dial said. “That just devastates that opportunity to have economic expansion in rural areas if you don’t have adequate health care. Somebody else is getting our $700 million, and we’re not saving the taxpayers any money.”

For Howard, it isn’t just about the potential for economic growth; it’s about preventing economic losses.

“The fact is hospitals are amongst the top employers in this state. In most rural communities, they are the top employer,” Howard said. “If you look at the health care benefits alone, that ought to be enough to drive the right decision; however, it’s not been. So you have to look at the economics.”

If more hospitals close in rural areas, Howard said the economic impact could be devastating.

“Rural communities cannot continue to thrive, cannot attract businesses, can’t retain the businesses they have now with a hospital failing,” Howard said, adding that the loss of a hospital can further exacerbate population loss, too.

“Young couples are wanting to start families, and they know they are going to have to drive over an hour to a hospital when it’s time to deliver that baby, why would they stay in that community?” Howard said. “You don’t have the prospect of better-paying jobs because you can’t attract business because there’s not a viable health care system.”

But the economic arguments haven’t worked, either, and Republican leaders have pushed back against those, saying the conversation should be about the quality of health care — not job creation.

Funding problems could worsen

As legislators return to Montgomery in March, they’ll face more uncertainty.

Additional cuts to Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments — a payment mechanism that supports many hospitals with a disproportionate number of low-income, uninsured patients and uncompensated care — could go into effect on Oct. 1, 2019, when the fiscal year 2020 begins.

The bulk of those cuts have been routinely delayed by the Republican-controlled Congress since they were set to take effect in 2014 — mainly because it would negatively hit Republican, non-expansion states.

But with Democrats heading into a majority, it isn’t so certain that those cuts will be delayed again.

Cuts to DSH payments could cost Alabama hospitals between $70 million and $156 million. More than 75 percent of Alabama’s more than 100 hospitals receive DSH payments. Those cuts could severely impact both rural and urban hospitals that care for uninsured, low-income patients. Experts fear those cuts could spur a health care crisis that isn’t just confined to rural hospitals and the areas they serve.

That’s because it’s not just rural hospitals that are struggling. Some larger hospitals, including DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, are having issues, too, because they care for a large number of uninsured patients.

Cuts to DSH payments already implemented have cost that system $15 million since 2013, the Tuscaloosa News reported.

Hospitals like those are barely operating in the black, and it wouldn’t take much to put them in the red.

“If the state has not expanded Medicaid in 2020, as the DSH cuts are scheduled to take effect, that will close a significant number of hospitals,” Howard said. “That will cripple. That will be the straw that the hospitals can’t survive.”

Some Republican lawmakers and officials have privately expressed concern about the DSH cuts. If they’re not delayed again this year, they said, it could force the state’s hand.

No appetite for the conversation

Despite the concerns about greater cuts in funding for hospitals and the potential loss of access to comprehensive care in rural areas, Republican leaders have said publicly that there is little appetite to resume a debate about Medicaid expansion.

Gov. Kay Ivey has rejected discussion about Medicaid expansion, and Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said in an interview that expansion is unlikely to be on the agenda.

“Among the Republican leadership and Republican caucus, when discussions have been made, there has been no initiative, if you will, to expand Medicaid,” Marsh said. “In fact, the position has been to control the costs of Medicaid and to put pressure on the health care community to find ways to make it more efficient.”

Marsh said perhaps every rural area doesn’t need a hospital.

“But their argument is not that our hospitals are having a hard time,” Marsh said, referring to the hospital association. “Essentially what they’re saying is that they’re having a hard time keeping the hospital the size it is and paying all of their employees. The question is, ‘Okay, is the hospital too big for the area?’”

Dial, who is leaving the Alabama Senate after more than 30 years in the chamber, said this is the year for the conversation as it’s become more and more clear that Republicans won’t be able to repeal the Affordable Care Act within a Democrat-controlled House.

“I think the possibility went from 40-60 to 60-40,” Dial said. “I think it’s a 60 percent chance (they will address expansion).”

Dial said the Legislature should consider a partial expansion that would allow the state to expand the program to a certain degree and still qualify for federal funding.

It’s already extremely difficult for anyone to qualify for Medicaid in Alabama, though the program still covers about 1 million people, most of whom are children or disabled. Virtually no childless adults are enrolled in the program.

Adults with children on Medicaid can only receive benefits if they make 18 percent of the poverty level, which is about $3,740 a year in a household of three. Medicaid expansion as outlined in the ACA would allow those making up to 138 percent of the poverty level, $16,753 for an individual and $28,676 for a household of three, to qualify for benefits

Estimates vary, but between 75,000 and 300,000 Alabamians would qualify for coverage in expansion. At least 75,000 make too much to qualify under current eligibility rules but make too little to qualify for subsidies from federal government for marketplace programs, according to a June report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Some states — Arkansas, Massachusetts and Utah among them — have tried to get a waiver to limit eligibility for adults up to 100 percent of the poverty line, significantly less than the number provided in the ACA. President Donald Trump’s administration reportedly initially denied those requests, but showed some willingness to consider it after midterms and has left the door open for the future.

“We’re talking about picking and choosing different things that could help rural health care,” Dial said, “and looking at only taking those we can afford to fund on our level. I think the state from the General Fund could create anywhere from $75 million to $100 million next year to expand into that area and bring $400 million or $500 million back to the state in benefits that will equate into money for jobs, money for expansion and money for equipment.”

Medicaid is by far the largest budget item in the state’s General Fund budget, which pays for all non-education-related programs. Last year, the costs surpassed $750 million, and it’s expected to grow as lawmakers prepare the FY2020 budget, and Marsh said there isn’t room for much more spending.

Dial said he’s spoken with a number of House and Senate leaders who would be amenable to a conversation, and he thinks there could be action this year.

“It’s not going to be at the top of the agenda like probably the fuel tax, which is probably going to be the No. 1 thing now, but I think it’s going to be critical, and I think you’ll see some action this first year on it, because I think those people understand how critical it is,” Dial said.


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Bradford family attorney: Autopsy shows no threat posed to police officer who killed him

Brandon Moseley



On Monday, the Bradford family announced that an independent medical review of Emantic “E.J.” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. indicated that E.J. had been shot three times from the back. Bradford was 21 and lived in Hueytown.

The family has retained nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney, Ben Crump. Crump said in a statement that “EJ posed no threat to the off-duty Hoover Police Department officer who killed him.”

“EJ’s family commissioned this review by an independent pathologist to determine how EJ was killed, how many times he was shot, and whether he was shot from the front or the back,” Crump said. “This review conclusively documents that EJ was shot three times and that all shots entered his body from the back. It clearly demonstrates that EJ posed no threat to the off-duty Hoover Police Department officer who killed him while working a private security detail at Riverchase Galleria mall, since EJ was moving away from him. If anything, the evidence corroborates the testimony of multiple witnesses who said EJ was trying to help others. The findings are devastating and heartbreaking to EJ’s family, compounding the shattering impact of this unnecessary and unwarranted killing. The sooner all the evidence, including all videos and the local medical examiner’s autopsy, is released, the better. EJ’s senseless death is the latest egregious example of a black man killed because he was perceived to be a threat due to the color of his skin. This tragically unacceptable pattern will not end until all who bear a measure of responsibility are held accountable.”

Benjamin Crump has previously represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

According to police accounts, Bradford and his friend, Brian Wilson, age 18, were involved in some sort of altercation with Erron Marquez Dequann Brown and some other unnamed individuals in a dispute that began over some sale priced shoes. At some point, Brown pulled a firearm and shot Wilson. A 12-year-old girl who was shopping with her grandmother was shot in the back. Bradford also pulled a weapon. An off duty Hoover Police officer who was working security for the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover rushed to the scene, saw Bradford with a gun and shot him. The next day, the Hoover officer was being praised by Hoover officials for shooting the shooter. The bullets in Wilson, however were determined to not have come from Bradford’s gun. Officers insist though that Bradford was involved in the altercation where the other two people were shot and had a gun in his hand when the first officer arrived on the scene. The family claims that they have witnesses which say that Bradford was protecting other shoppers and helping them evacuate the scene. Authorities have since identified Erron Brown as the shooter. He turned himself in to the U.S. Marshalls near Atlanta last week.


Many Black groups have held protests accusing the Hoover Police of shooting Bradford because he was Black; and are attempting to intimidate shoppers away from the city in response.

On Wednesday, there was a meeting of the various groups at Muhmmad Mosque No. 69 in Birmingham. The Nation of Islam, Black Lives Matter, the New Black Panther Party and the Jefferson County Millennial Democrats all gathered there for a “Justice for E.J. Community Forum.” Some of the speakers have called for “war” against the entire city of Hoover. An estimated 200 people were at the event.

Jefferson County has had well documented racial divisions going back decades. To this point in 2018, 155 people have been murdered in Jefferson County, 105 of those were killed in the City of Birmingham. Only three of those were killed in Hoover, not counting Bradford.

The Riverchase Galleria Mall is the largest mall in the state.

The case is being investigated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
(Original reporting by the Hoover Sun and WVTM Channel 13 TV contributed to this report.)

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Alabama secretary of state releases updates on crossover voting

Brandon Moseley



The Secretary of State’s office announced Thursday that it has discovered 398 violations of Alabama’s new crossover voting rules in the 2018 election cycle.

At the conclusion of the 2017 United States Senate Special Election Run-off, the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office reviewed a formal, routine election report indicating that 140 individuals had been given credit for voting in the Democrat primary election on August 15th and then voting in the Republican run-off election on September 26. This action, termed crossover voting, is an action which would violate the State’s new crossover voting law (Act No. 2017-340).

After reviewing the report, Secretary of State John Merrill (R) identified the local chief election official – the Probate Judge, as the proper authority to determine whether those listed were willful in their intent, negligent, or whether these findings were listed in error in each county where the incident occurred. In each of the 41 counties, the probate judges determined it was not necessary to prosecute any of the 140 individuals found to have violated the crossover voting law.

Following the conclusion of the 2018 Run-Off Election, Secretary Merrill directed the Elections Division to review the list of 398 voters that were found to be in violation of the crossover voting law and compare that list with the list of 140 voters from the 2017 Senate Special Election. Once this review was completed, it was determined that only one voter was found to have potentially violated the law in both 2017 and 2018.
Secretary Merrill then personally visited with and interviewed the person found to have potentially violated the law. At the conclusion of that visit, it became clear to Secretary Merrill that either the poll workers or a county registrar improperly marked the wrong political party in processing the voters’ primary voter participation credit. Due to this information, Secretary Merrill determined further legal action was not necessary, at this time.

No one has been prosecuted for crossover voting, however, under Alabama law it is illegal to vote in both a party primary and then vote in another party’s primary runoff. In the general election, voters are allowed to vote for candidates from both parties and/or independent or minor party candidates. 66 percent of Alabamians straight party voted in the 2018 election. Alabama does not have party registration, so any voter is allowed to participate in the party primary of their choice.


In the 2017 special election, former Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) faced appointed U.S. Senator Luther Strange for the U.S. Senate. In 2018, there were Republican runoffs for Lt. Governor, Attorney General and other offices.

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Greater Birmingham Young Republicans revokes support of Roy Moore

by Chip Brownlee Read Time: 3 min