Ineligible Jefferson County judge nominee will remain on November election ballots

Merrill: Linda Hall's name still on ballot

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Just days after a judge ruled the democrat nominee for the Jefferson County Circuit Judgeship is not eligible to run, we learned that Linda Hall’s name name will remain on the ballot.

Secretary of State John Merrill said people can still vote for Hall in the November general election, but those votes won’t count towards her winning the seat.

A judge ruled this week that Hall is ineligible to run because she doesn't meet the statutory requirements. The judge said Hall was not a resident of the 10th judicial circuit, or Jefferson County, 12 months before the election.

Merrill said if Hall gets more votes than the incumbent, republican nominee Theresa Pulliam, the race for that seat is null and void.

The governor would have to appoint someone to the judgeship for a two-year term.

Many are asking how something like this could happen so close to the general election, and with Hall’s name already on the ballot.

Others are asking who, if anyone, will run as the democratic candidate?

WBRC spoke with Peter Davis, who ran against Hall in the primaries earlier this week and he said it’s only fair that he becomes the Democratic candidate.

Davis also asked voters to write in his name regardless of whether the Democratic Party chooses him as their candidate.

The state democrat chairman said they are not ready to make a statement on the matter because there are still a lot questions about the legality of the judge’s decision and if Hall’s votes will count or not.

We received the following statement from Hall:

"I am saddened but not deterred by Judge Samuel Judkins ruling today. This is a voting right issue and just as I pledge to fight for Justice as a Judge I remain committed to ensuring the 28,733 voters who voted for me in the Democratic Primary have their votes counted. We will swiftly appeal this flawed ruling to the appropriate court. " Linda Hall

Copyright 2018 WBRC. All rights reserved.