occurs when a voter who participated in one political party's primary election
votes in the primary run-off election for an opposing political party. Alabama
election law authorizes each political party to establish rules governing its
primary elections (§17-16-14, Code of Alabama, 1975, as amended), including the
establishment of rules as to who may vote in its runoff election
The Democratic Party has
adopted a crossover voting rule that prohibits a voter from participating in its
primary runoff election if the voter participated in another political
party's primary election. For example, a voter who participated in the
Republican Party primary may not vote in the Democratic Party's primary runoff.
The Republican Party has not
adopted a crossover rule. Thus, voters who participate in either the Republican
Party's or Democratic Party's primary election may legally vote in the
Republican Party's primary runoff election.