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AL Sec. of State says new photo ID law successful

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

According to Alabama's Secretary of State, there were only three documented complaints or issues stemming from last week's primary election with the new law that requires voters to show a government issued photo ID at the polls.

"When you have 613,000 voters and you only have two or three complaints, you know you're doing pretty well," Secretary of State Jim Bennett said. "It went smoothly."

Bennett even said that there were hardly any reported instances of alleged voter fraud.

Even though voter fraud is extremely rare in Alabama, Bennett said the only instance to his knowledge involved an alleged absentee ballot vote buying scheme in Wilcox County but he added there are just allegations at this point.

Despite the exceptionally low turnout, about 21%, the state was successful at getting the word out about the new voter ID law.

Overall the state distributed 2,588 free voter ID cards through Boards of Registrars directly through the Secretary of State's Office.

The most cards were provided to registered voters in Jefferson and Montgomery Counties. The state distributed 337 and 233 cards respectively to each county.

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