AL Senate election write-in statistics released

AL Senate election write-in statistics released

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is releasing write-in vote data for the Dec. 12 special election for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat.

Merrill's office said the race between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore was separated by a total of 20,634 votes. There were 22,814 write-in votes.

The secretary of state's office said Monday the write-in votes will be counted and documented under state law that allows for such if the number of write-in votes is equal or greater than the difference between the two candidates with the greatest number of votes.

The vote total is subject to change due to approved provisional ballots, as well as overseas and military ballots.

Each county's final vote canvass results will be certified to Merrill's office on Dec. 22. The final certification of the election results will take place before Jan. 3, 2018.

Only six of Alabama's 67 counties saw more than 1,000 total write-in votes. The county with the fewest overall write-in votes was Bullock County, recording just seven.

Here's a county-by-county breakdown of the write-in vote totals.