By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Republican Party has dismissed a legislative election challenge in House District 2 where a candidate argued that the misappropriation of ballots caused her to miss the runoff.
As Alabama Daily News previously reported, candidate Kimberly Butler filed a formal contest with the party last week saying House District 2 voters “were denied their right to vote for me, because they were, without their knowledge, intentionally or mistakenly registered in House District 1 instead of House District 2.”
Lauderdale County Probate Judge Will Motlow said there were around 70 House District 2 voters who had been wrongly assigned to House District 1. Motlow said the error was due to redistricting issues and that those voters were in District 1 before the new lines were drawn.
Similar reapportionment concerns in the House District 28 and 29 races led to contests being filed, but the party denied them in both cases.
ALGOP spokes person Jeannie Negrón Burniston said the party had considered the complaint and decided to dismiss it.
“The Candidate Committee of the Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee, after carefully considering the Parties’ submissions and applicable law, has determined that the contest is denied,” she said in an emailed statement.
Ben Harrison won the GOP runoff for the House District 2 nomination, defeating Jason Black. Butler placed third in the Republican primary, only 14 votes behind Black.
In a statement, Harrison said he was glad to see the party’s decision.
“I am excited that the Alabama Republican Party upheld the clear will of the voters. I look forward to being a voice for everyone in District 2, and I want each and every citizen to know that they will be represented by someone who cares about them and the welfare of our community,” Harrison said.
“My commitment is to defend people’s rights and freedoms, and make sure we address the needs of our constituents. This has been a hard campaign, but I hope we can all work together as we move forward. I think now is the time for Republicans to come together, and work towards the continuing success of our State.”