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February 28, 2021
Alabama Voter Registrations Surge as Primary Nears
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Alabama's voter registrations have surged with the approach of tomorrow's primary and they are much higher than they were in the last two presidential primaries.

That surge and a flurry of visits by candidates have Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Beth Chapman, predicting a higher-than-normal turnout. Chapman says she's expecting 31 percent to 33 percent of Alabama's 2.5 million registered voters to turn out Tuesday.

Ed Packard, the state's interim director of voter registration, says 58,341 people have registered to vote in the three months leading up to Alabama's presidential primary. That compares to 43,702 four years ago and 36,898 eight years ago. But in those years, Alabama's presidential primary coincided with the regular state primary in June.

Alabama was the focal point of presidential campaigning Saturday, with John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Bill Clinton stumping for votes across the state.

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