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State Election Officials Raises Concern About Absentee Ballots

By Associated Press

Montgomery AL – Alabama's chief election official says she's concerned about the high number of absentee ballots in the primary election in Perry County.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman said the west Alabama county received 1,114 absentee ballots in Tuesday's primary. That's in a rural county with 8,361 registered voters. She said the number of absentee ballots is far beyond the state norm, and she will be cooperating with law enforcement officials to ensure the prosecution of anyone who committed voter fraud.

The U.S. Justice Department posted observers in Perry County for the primary. Chapman said one observer reported a candidate loitering in a polling place, apparently instructing voters how to vote.

Perry County Sheriff James Hood said he went to the polling place and found nothing unusual.

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Information from: The Birmingham News

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