Fifteen percent—4,702—of the 31,137 registered voters in Dale County went to the polls or voted absentee ballots in the special primary election for United States Senator held Aug.15.
The voter turnout statewide was 17.95 percent.
When the votes were counted at the Dale County Courthouse after the polls closed at 7 p.m. Aug. 15, Dale County Democrats chose Doug Jones, who garnered 432 or 59.19% of Democrat ballots cast. The next highest Democrat contender was Robert Kennedy Jr. with 116 or 22.71 percent of the votes cast.
In the Republican Party, 2,091 or 52.67 percent of the voters chose Roy S. Moore. Incumbent Sen. Luther Strange garnered 1,012 or 25.49 percent of the Dale County Republican Party votes.
Gov. Kaye Ivey called the special primary election as one of her first orders of business after assuming the top state slot when then-Gov. Robert Bentley resigned April 10.
When United States President Donald Trump appointed then-Alabama State Senator Jeff Sessions to a national post, Bentley appointed then-Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to temporarily fill the senate seat vacated by Sessions until a special election could be called in 2018.
Ivey called for the primary election a year early citing her belief that the citizens should have had a voice in that selection.
In May, Ivey signed a law that prevents crossover voting in the state. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Whatley, bans voters from casting a ballot for one party in a primary and then crossing over to vote in another party's runoff elections. So, the Aug. 15 election was the first election in which
the party in which a person voted in the primary determines in which in party they can vote in the Sept. 26 runoff
Those who did not vote in a primary election may choose either a Democratic or Republican ballot in the run off election.
There is no runoff in the Democrat Party because Jones was the clear winner and will face whoever wins the Republican runoff.
Republican voters will go to the polls Sept. 26 because statewide there is a runoff election between Moore and Strange.
Statewide Moore earned 164,524 or 38.9 percent of the votes. Strange earned 138,971 or 32.8 percent of the votes.
“The cross over rule starts over with each election cycle and only applies to primary and primary run-off elections,” Dale County Probate Judge Sharon Michalic explained. “It does not apply to a general election.”