June 3rd Primary

Voter Turnout
3:53 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Alabama Voter Turnout Lower Than 2010

Complete but unofficial returns from Tuesday's primary showed voter turnout at nearly 22 percent.

Voter turnout for Alabama's primary election Tuesday was much lower than four years ago.

Complete but unofficial returns from Tuesday's primary showed more than 613,000 people participated. That put the turnout at nearly 22 percent.

The turnout for the primary election four years ago was 32 percent, but both political parties had hot races for governor that year. The races for governor Tuesday were lopsided, with Republican incumbent Robert Bentley and Democrat Parker Griffith winning easily.

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Poll Problems-Alabama
4:45 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Officials Say Alabama's Photo ID Law Working Smoothly

Alabama officials say implementation is going smoothly with a new law requiring voters to show a photo ID to vote.

Alabama officials say implementation is going smoothly with a new law requiring voters to show a photo ID to vote.

Alabama's chief of election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, says he's had no reports of problems. Bennett says his office spent about $900,000 to educate voters about the new law and to provide photo IDs to more than 2,300 people who didn't have one.

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Campaign Ads
4:31 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Limited Government Group Responds To Alabama AG

Alabama Foundation for Limited Government says it doesn't have to disclose its sources of funding because its campaign ads were for educational purposes only.
Credit Alabama Foundation for Limited Government

A group that ran TV ads critical of the Republican legislative leadership says it doesn't have to disclose its sources of funding because the ads were for educational purposes only.

An attorney for the Alabama Foundation for Limited Government, J. Brandon Rice, told Attorney General Luther Strange in a letter that the ads were not designed to influence Tuesday's primary election.

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Alabama Election
4:17 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

More Than 700,000 Votes Expected In Alabama

More than 700,000 Alabama voters are expected at the polls Tuesday for the first election where voters will be required to show a photo ID.

More than 700,000 Alabama voters are expected at the polls Tuesday for the first election where voters will be required to show a photo ID.

Alabama's chief election official, Jim Bennett, is predicting that 25 percent to 27 percent of Alabama's 2.8 million registered voters will turn out for the primary election. That's down from 32 percent four years ago, when both parties had hotly contested races for governor.

This is the first election where voters have to show a photo ID. That can include a driver's license, non-driver ID, Alabama voter ID or passport.

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Anti-Speaker Ad
4:15 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Auburn Sports Contract Focus Of Hubbard Race

Auburn University's former lobbyist appears in the television spot accusing Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard of getting confidential information to win the college's broadcasting contract more than a decade ago.
Credit mikehubbard.com

A decade-old old broadcasting contract at Auburn University is taking center stage in a new campaign ad.

Auburn University's former lobbyist appears in the television spot accusing Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard of getting confidential information to win the college's broadcasting contract more than a decade ago.

Lobbyist Buddy Mitchell says he gave Hubbard copies of the proposals to broadcast Auburn sporting events. Mitchell says that enabled Hubbard to undercut his competitors and win the 2002 contract.

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GOP Primary
4:02 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

GOP Supermajority Plays Defense In Primaries

A bitter war is erupting for control of the Alabama Statehouse and this time it is Republican versus Republican.
Credit RNC

A bitter war is erupting for control of the Alabama Statehouse and this time it is Republican versus Republican.

Republicans won a majority in the Alabama Legislature in 2010, but in 2014 many incumbents are facing primary party challenges.

Republican Senate leader Del Marsh called many of the challengers RINOs, or Republicans in name only. He said many were funded by the Alabama Education Association, which has often been at odds with current legislators.

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Politics & Government
6:01 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Voting Registration Deadline is May 23rd

University of Wisconsin

Alabama's secretary of state says residents have one week left to register to vote in the primary election June 3.  Secretary of State Jim Bennett says residents needing to register should contact their county board of registrars by May 23.