JeffCo. to spend thousands on tablets, curb crossover voting

JeffCo purchases voting tablets
Updated: Oct. 31, 2017 at 5:52 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County is looking to buy new tablets to help reduce any confusion over crossover voting in the future.

Later this week, the Jefferson County Commission will okay allowing Probate Judge Alan King to spend about $785,000 on about 625 new tablets to be used for elections.

This will help record those who vote at polling stations.

An investigation spurred by Secretary of State John Merrill King found no illegal crossover voting in Jefferson County.

King cited a mistake by a poll worker and the suddenness of the special election.

The judge said the tablets will help in the future.

"Update the data so we won't have to rely on manual system with human error and that sort of thing. It will be a good thing and clearly help the citizens of Jefferson County," King said.

This afternoon, King informed Secretary of State John Merrill of their investigation results.

Merrill was pushing for prosecuting 380 people in Jefferson County of illegal crossover voting.

King says Merrill thanked them for their hard work.

The tablets should be ready before Spring primaries in 2018, but some may be available for use ahead of the December 12 special election this year.

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