Record-breaking voter participation in Alabama

Record-breaking voter participation in Alabama
Long lines in Pike Road. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Voting is underway across the country. Here in Alabama, the polls opened at 7 a.m. with voters already in line.

Pictures and videos from some polling places across the WSFA 12 News viewing area show residents in long lines. Some areas have even reported traffic congestion as people make their way in and out of polling locations.

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Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said as of 11 a.m., more than 2.5 million have already gone to the polls. or roughly between 68-75 percent of the state’s 3,709,242 registered voters.

Merrill said over 331,000 absentee ballot applications have been submitted with over 300,402 successfully returned. He said the state’s previous record for absentee ballots was 89,000.

Merrill expects to start getting results as soon as the polls close because of absentee participation, but it may go into the evening because of record-breaking numbers at the polls.

In Montgomery County, Probate Judge JC Love said 61,023 had voted as of 4:30 p.m.

He said most wait times are under 10 minutes despite the high turnout.

Love said COVID-19 precautions are in place at the polls and they are following guidelines form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Merrill said COVID-19 has not hindered voter participation in Alabama.

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