Early returns show voters against record tax hike

Montgomery, AL – Governor Riley's tax plan is trailing in early returns. Opponents are leading in every county reporting early returns.

Secretary of State Nancy Worley -- the state's chief election official -- says voter turnout was strong for a special election. She predicts the turnout will be 45 percent to 50 percent. The turnout for the lottery referendum four years ago was 45 percent.

No major problems were reported today with Alabama's new voter identification law. Polling officials say most voters had their driver's licenses ready when they arrived at the polls.