Alabama could see record voter turnout on election day

(CBS News)
(CBS News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama could see record number of voters at the polls on Election Day.

Secretary of State John Merrill on Tuesday says he anticipates between 2.2 million and 2.4 million state voters to cast ballots in the upcoming election. He says either number would be a record turnout.

Merrill says he believes high voter enthusiasm will drive turnout in the race that pits Republican Donald Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

However, he says a recent jump in the number of registered voters might prevent the state from hitting a record in terms of turnout percentage.

A little more than two million Alabamians voted in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Voter turnout was 73.8 percent in 2008 and 73.2 percent in 2012.

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