Some of Alabama county's sample ballots marked for Doug Jones

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill confirms some sample ballots in one Alabama county were marked for Democratic US Senate candidate Doug Jones.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2017 9:46 PM

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill confirms some sample ballots in one Alabama county were marked for Democratic US Senate candidate Doug Jones.

This comes after Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore's campaign wrote an open letter to Merrill Friday asking him to investigate potential voter fraud in Bullock County. The county seat of Bullock County, Union Springs, is approximately 45 miles southeast of Montgomery.

Moore campaign chair Bill Armistead wrote the letter to Merrill, saying he was "deeply disturbed" by evidence of sample ballots being already marked for Doug Jones in Probate Judge James Tatum's office. Armistead went on to call the marked sample ballots "dirty tricks" and asked Merrill to tell probate judges to inspect election materials for signs of tampering.

Merrill responded to the campaign's letter after it was made public Tuesday, stating he contacted Tatum, who told him that he was not aware of the marked ballots. Tatum later went to the table to discover approximately 10-15 sample ballots had been marked for Doug Jones.

The Secretary of State's office said it would send guidance to all probate judges asking them to check their sample ballots to make sure there is not a widespread issue.

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