Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says crossover voters — those who voted in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate and then later the Republican runoff — should be prosecuted, possibly facing five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
Merrill said his office had identified 674 people who had voted in the Democratic primary who also voted in the Republican runoff between Luther Strange and Roy Moore the following month.
“The point is that anybody that knowingly and willfully violated the law intentionally, that did not agree with the law, that wanted to show that the law was not a good law in their estimation, thought the law may have been a stupid law, thought the law shouldn’t have been enforced, if they had that mindset, and they elected to violate the trust and the confidence of the electoral process by not being a qualified elector and still voting, even though they had voted in the Democrat primary and knew they were not supposed to be eligible to vote.
“If they did all of those things, then I think they should be identified. If the investigation warrants that they are culpable, they should be indicted and they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, period.”
However, Jefferson County Probate Judge Alan King said Thursday he believes that most of the county’s 380 voters listed as illegal crossover voters in the Sept. 26 election did not actually vote that day.