Officials expect ‘moderately heavy’ turnout

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A moderate turnout is expected at polls across Dallas County today as voters cast their ballots in a number of races, including for governor of the state.

“I expect a moderately heavy turnout, not compared to two years ago, but to everything since then,” said Dallas County Probate Judge Kim Ballard.

Registered voters in Dallas County will cast ballots in state races, for the representative in the 7th Congressional District, state amendments and a local school board race.

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Although other local names will appear on the ballot, their races were decided in the primaries earlier this year and they face no opposition.

Ballard asked voters to know their voting precincts and to make sure they go to the proper place to vote.

Registered voters are also asked to carry a form of identification to the polls with them.

“If they run into any problems, they can call my office,” Ballard said. “There’s not a problem that will happen that we can’t work out.”

Ballard’s office number is (334) 876-4830.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman says the state’s first ever election night reporting system will be live statewide Tuesday. The system will collect election results from all 67 counties and make them available on the web the moment they are entered on election night.

“We are excited to provide this new and exciting service to the citizens of Alabama,” Chapman said in a release Monday. “This is just one of the many ways my office promotes fair and honest elections through transparency and access to valuable election information. Alabamians will be able to see democracy in action as it unfolds before their eyes in a state-of-the-art way.”