Alabama will give names of cross-over voters to prosecutors

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The names of Alabama voters who crossed party lines to vote in last month's Republican Senate runoff will be given to prosecutors by the state's election chief.

Secretary of State John Merrill said Friday that his office has identified 674 people who voted in the Democratic primary and later voted in the GOP runoff. A new state law makes fraudulent cross-over voting a felony.

Merrill said he intends to send the names to the attorney general and district attorneys, after probate judges check the list for errors.

Merrill said it's the "right thing" to report violations. He said prosecutors will decide whether to pursue charges.

Alabama Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy Worley said Friday that she believed there should be more education about the new ban before possibly prosecuting voters.