Statewide Voter Turnout at 8% in Alabama

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Montgomery, Ala.

About 8 percent of Alabama's nearly 2.9 million voters participated in Tuesday's runoff elections.

Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, says the turnout Tuesday was slightly higher than the 5 percent he had predicted. He says it was helped by higher turnouts for the 6th Congressional District race in the Birmingham area and by the state Senate District 30 race in the Prattville area.

And some local elections generated higher turnout in some counties. For instance, Sumter County had a turnout of more than 42 percent of registered voters.

Bennett says there were no issues reported with voters having to show photo IDs at the polls. This was the second Alabama election where the photo ID law was used.

Bennett expects the turnout to be higher for the general election on Nov. 4.