2014 Primary Election
Our big story of the night is the 2014 Primary Election. Secretary of State Jim Bennett predicted that 25 to 27 percent of Alabama's 2.8 million registered voters would turn out today. That prediction is down 32 percent from four years ago. However, some of the polling places in Calhoun County late this afternoon reported higher turnout than last year. This was also the first year that people were required to show a photo ID before voting. The Secretary of State's office says that the process went well and that they've had no reports of problems. The state spent about $900,000 to educate the public about the new law and to provide photo IDs to more than 2,300 people who didn't have one.