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Alabama: high turnout in one county brings criminal investigation

AP reports: The district attorney for Perry County says he will ask the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate an unusually high turnout and potential absentee ballot problems during the June 3 primary elections.

Itís the latest in a line of voting problems that have plagued the small western Alabama county for decades, including a 1985 trial in which three black leaders in Perry County were found not guilty of charges they altered absentee ballots. ...

District Attorney Michael Jackson said he expects there will be federal and state observers in Perry County for the July 15 primary runoff after a federal observer reported that a candidate hung around a polling place much of the day Tuesday and helped some voters cast ballots.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman has pointed to a number of irregularities in Perry County during Tuesdayís primaries. Chapman said there are 8,361 registered voters in the county, and 4,207 votes cast, which means 50.3 percent of eligible voters would have gone to the polls. That gives Perry County a turnout that nearly triples the rate in counties like Marengo, where about 17.7 percent of voters cast ballots. -- Perry County district attorney seeks federal probe of voting problems | TuscaloosaNews.com

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