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August 29, 2013

University of Alabama sorority row brought late surge in voter registration for Tuscaloosa elections

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Voter registration records show that 45 women who registered to vote in the city's election within 48 hours of one another all listed as their residence the same University of Alabama sorority row address -- 707 Magnolia Drive, which is the Delta Gamma house.

AL.com's Melissa Brown reported Wednesday that women in the university's sorority system were offered free alcohol to go to the polls and were encouraged to vote for school board chair candidate Lee Garrison and Cason Kirby, a recent UA graduate who is an attorney in the area. Kirby was running to unseat Kelly Horwitz for District 4's seat on the city school board.

Chartered stretch Hummer limousines were seen Tuesday offering rides to the polls from sorority row and other parts of campus.

Voter registration records, provided to AL.com Wednesday by the Secretary of State's Elections Division, reveal that more than 60 percent of people who signed up to vote in District 4 in 2013 were college-aged women who did so during the last week of registration. 
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