Senate Race Left Off Some Elmore County Ballots

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By Alabama News Network

Some voters in Elmore County were given the wrong ballots Tuesday leaving off the closely contested race for the seat being left open by Senator Bryan Taylor.

Some chose to recast their vote, and those results were announced today. 

Clyde Chambliss ended Tuesday on the verge of winning the race outright, with Harris Garner in second place ready for a run off. 

But a handful of voters in Titus were given the wrong ballot, leaving off the race completely.

"The truth of the matter is that the voters in the titus precinct were never converted from the past senate district 25 to the new district 30 which resulted from the reapportionment," said Elmore County Probate Judge John Enslen.

The probate office tracked down the 26 voters who cast a wrong ballot to let them add their vote to the senate race. Those votes were then sealed with others from the polling place and brought to the elmore county court house.

When opened, Harris Garner received a majority of the votes, keeping Chambliss from gaining the lead he needed to win the seat outright. Both men were pleased with how the situation was handled and they're gearing up for a run off. 

"The goal was to make sure that everyone who went out and voted, that their vote counts. That was the goal, the goal was accomplished here today. I applaud the probate judge, the sheriff, the circuit clerk.," said candidate Clyde Chambliss.

"We're meeting constituents, talking to constituents, obviously fundraising. We're going full fledged, full forward making preparations for our runoff. We got to put it all on the line," said candidate Harris Garner.

But there are still some uncounted votes that won't be counted until Friday, so nothing is official yet. 

"But I still say that the provisional ballots both absentee and ordinary, will have an affect on this race," said Enslen.

We should get the word Tuesday whether there will officially be a run off or not. 

The seat covers five other counties besides Elmore.

The two other opponents in that race, Suzelle Josey and Bill Harris, received a few votes, but not enough to overtake either of the leaders. 

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