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Secretary of State: Poll workers believed to be helping people illegally crossover vote

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Tuesday that some poll workers are being investigated for potentially helping some voters crossover vote in violation of state law.

Merill said in a release from his office there have been reports from several voting locations of poll workers assisting or allowing voters — who cast Democratic ballots in August — to cast ballots in the Republican runoff.

That is voter fraud under a new law passed by the Legislature earlier this year, which prohibits crossover voting in state elections.

“When I campaigned for Office I made a promise to the people of this state to ensure that any instance in which someone was reported as having violated the law that they would be investigated, prosecuted, and indicted to the fullest extent of the law,” Merill said.

All reported violations will be investigated, Merill said.

“The integrity of the election process is at stake today and we will not allow nor will we tolerate efforts to assist people who behave with such reckless disregard for the process and are willing to lie their way to a felony conviction,” Merill said.

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Any person who knowingly attempts to vote or assist another person in voting illegally could be prosecuted with a Class C felony, which carries a sentence 1–10 years in prison. Fines could be up to $15,000.

If any illegal voting activity is observed, you can report it to 334-242-7210 or online at


Chip Brownlee is a former political reporter, online content manager and webmaster at the Alabama Political Reporter. He is now a reporter at The Trace, a non-profit newsroom covering guns in America.

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