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Election contest filed in House District 2 runoff

The contest may stem from the same redistricting errors that triggered contests in Etowah County after voters received ballots with the wrong district races.

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An election contest has been filed in the Alabama House District 2 primary runoff, according to the Alabama Republican Party. 

The party did not provide any details about who filed the contest, but ALGOP chairman John Wahl has recused himself from the contest.

“As ALGOP Chairman John Wahl has served on committees with both parties involved, he will be fully recusing himself from all matters related to this contest,” the party wrote in a statement. “ALGOP Senior Vice Chairman John Skipper will act in his place.”

Kimberly Butler, the third-place finisher in the primary race, told WAAY 31 that she planned to challenge the election and call for a new runoff with the two “legitimate winners.”

Butler said at least 65 Lauderdale County voters were given the wrong ballot in the primary, which would follow a pattern of errors made in other counties updating district maps after the Alabama Legislature redrew lines in late 2021.

ALGOP had already heard a contest for House District 2 prior to the runoff, although Butler had said at the time that she was not the filer. Other losing candidates had called for a redo of the primary election to correctly determine the Republican nominee.

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