Wiregrass Newsroom: Voter Turnout

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Dothan, Al. (WSFA) - Wiregrass polling places saw long lines and steady streams of people Tuesday.

Voters in Houston County turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots.

"It's the highest we've had since I've been in office and the highest we can research back and find," said Houston County Probate Judge Luke Cooley.

All totaled more than 40,000 Houston County voters went to the polls, that's about 69% of the registered voters.

The turnout was 65% in Dale and Geneva counties, slightly more than 70% in Henry County and 67% in Coffee County.

A surge in registered voters combined with a lot of interest in the presidential election created long lines at some polling places, but nothing voting officials weren't able to handle.

"Everybody was very patient. I think that was the word I kept looking for all day yesterday," Said Cooley. "If the voters will be patient and my poll workers patient will make it through this."

Judge Cooley says this is the largest turnout she's seen as the probate judge.