AL crossover voting law does not apply to Dec. 12 Senate election

Updated: Nov. 28, 2017 at 5:24 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama's new crossover voting law will have no impact on the Dec. 12 special election to pick the state's next U.S. Senator.

"Any voter can vote for any candidate regardless of their preference in a previous election," said John Merrill, Alabama's secretary of state.

"It's business as it has always been in a general election," explained Autauga County Probate Judge Al Booth. "That has not changed at all."

The crossover voting law only applies in the case of a runoff after a primary election. The law is meant to prevent an opposing party from influencing the nomination of another party's nominee.

"A primary is party business," Booth stated. "It's the party's election."

But there are no such restrictions in the upcoming Dec. 12 election. As long as you are properly registered (which you can CHECK HERE) and have the proper identification, nothing will have changed for you on election day.

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