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July 12, 2014

Alabama spends $3 million on low-interest election

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama taxpayers will spend $3 million on a runoff election Tuesday that most citizens will skip.

Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, expects five percent of Alabama's nearly 2.9 million active voters to turn out Tuesday. That's in line with the voter turnout for the runoffs in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Bennett says the turnout is always low when neither party has a runoff for governor or U.S. Senate.

The Democratic Party doesn't have any statewide runoffs and only one legislative runoff. The Republican Party has runoffs for secretary of state, state auditor, Public Service Commission Place 2, 6th Congressional District and six legislative seats.

Bennett says a statewide election costs about $3 million no matter what the turnout.

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