No crossover voters found in Blount County

“Blount County received no names of crossover voters from the Secretary of State’s office in connection with the Sept. 26 Senate primary runoff election,” Blount County Probate Judge Chris Green said Monday.

Secretary of State John Merrill had announced in late October that a list of 674 voters from around the state had been identified and would be sent to appropriate county probate judges.

Unless counties receiving names notified the Secretary of State’s office that certain names should not be on the list, the names would be referred to the appropriate authorities for possible prosecution, according to reports of Merrill’s letter to probate judges.

The state law prohibiting crossover voting was passed in the Legislature’s 2017 session. It specifies penalties of 1 to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $15,000 for a person convicted of voter fraud.

According to Green, 35 cases of Blount County voters who were not identified as either Republican or Democrat were resolved with county party officials before the election, and, as noted above, no names of crossover voters were received from the Secretary of State’s office.