BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Write-in votes could help decide Alabama’s Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.
Sculptor Lee Busby is running as a write-in, along with several others, and University of Alabama football coaches like Nick Saban often get write-in votes in state elections.
The secretary of state’s office already is preparing for write-in votes by explaining the procedure used to count them.
The agency says such votes won’t be counted unless the total number of write-in ballots exceeds the difference between the two leading candidates. And the count wouldn’t be held until a week after election day, meaning the uncertainty could drag on.
At least one write-in vote already has been cast: Sen. Richard Shelby says he wrote in the name of a “distinguished” Republican on an absentee ballot.