December 7, 2013
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Beth Chapman, says voter turnout across the state appears higher than normal.
She says large numbers are showing up all across the state for Tuesday's election.
Officials at election places are giving the same reports, particularly those at heavily Republican polling places in Shelby County and Montgomery.
With the governor's office atop a long ballot, turnout was expected to be good, but not as heavy as in a presidential election.
The secretary of state's office reports that slightly more than half of Alabama's voters traditionally turn out for an election for governor. The turnout in the last five elections for governor has ranged from nearly 51 percent to 58 percent.
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