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October 28, 2008
Chapman Announces Historic Moment in Alabama Elections

MONTGOMERY – Secretary of State Beth Chapman announced today that Alabama has reached the three million mark of registered voters.


This number has dramatically increased over the past three months leading up to the November 4th General Election from approximately 2.8 million voters to over three million. Chapman gives credit to the state’s voter registrars and her staff for the outstanding job they are performing under unusually stressful circumstances.


“This is a remarkable milestone in Alabama’s history.  More people than ever want to be a part of this historic election. It is my hope that we will never lose sight of the fact that it is because of so many brave men and women who have gone before us that we have the opportunity to participate in democracy.” 


Chapman predicts a historic voter turnout on November 4th of 79 to 81 percent.


Larger registration numbers more than likely mean more people than usual at the polls.  “Preparation of the polling places rests in the hands of the capable Probate Judges and other elections officials across the state.  The Probate Judges are aware of the increased numbers and they are preparing their counties accordingly,” Chapman said.


As of the time of this release, Alabama has 3,000,826 registered voters.



For more information, visit Secretary of State John H. Merrill’s Web Site: