Officials Expect Light Turnout for Alabama Primary

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's top election official expects a light turnout for the primary election.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman predicts 12 percent to 15 percent of Alabama's 2.6 million registered voters will participate in the primary Tuesday.

Chapman says the turnout was 17 percent four years ago, but that was when the state primary and presidential primary were held on the same date. This year, the presidential primary was held in February.

The secretary of state expects the most voter interest in the 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts, where there are hot Democratic and Republican primaries.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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