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Write-in votes will be recorded, but not counted election night

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Roy Moore & Doug Jones face off in special Alabama  U.S. Senate election December 12. Source: FOX 10 News Roy Moore & Doug Jones face off in special Alabama U.S. Senate election December 12. Source: FOX 10 News
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If you cast a write-in ballot in the Alabama U.S. Senate race, will it be counted?

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is the state’s chief election official.  He said, because of a 2016  state law, write-in ballots will not be counted on the night of the special election December 12.  While write-in ballots will be recorded and documented, “those votes will only be counted and identified for the election returns if they make an impact in the race,” said Merrill.  “Nobody is mounting a write-in campaign that will be significant enough to win the race,” he added.  Read the detailed explanation by clicking here.

Merrill estimates an 18 to 20 percent turnout for the election, or perhaps as high as 25 percent.

When asked when the winner of the election will take office, Merrill said, “That’s still being debated”.   He believes the new Senator will be sworn in around January 3, but no earlier than December 26 because of the time needed to count provisional ballots and certify the results. 

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