Alabama voter turnout was third highest in state history

Updated: Nov. 9, 2016 at 9:05 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - More than two million Alabamians cast ballots in Tuesday's election, but the 2,065,660 total fell short of the expected record-breaking turnout.

Tuesday's turnout of 61.97 percent is the third highest in state history. The largest turnout documented in Alabama was 2008 at 72.8 percent.

"We attribute that to the lack of enthusiasm for Secretary Clinton," said Secretary of State John Merrill.

Clinton carried only 13 of 67 counties in Alabama, including Bullock, Dallas, Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery. Some of those counties did see an historic turnout.

Of the tri-county area, the highest percentage of registered voters turned out in Elmore County with 69.29 percent casting a ballot, narrowly followed by Autauga County at 65.51 percent and Montgomery County at 62.14 percent. More than 1,500 voters cast absentee ballots in Elmore County, along with notable numbers of write-in candidates and straight ticket voters.

"This was one of the most enthusiastic, exciting, unique elections in the history of the state," Merrill said. "When you see how we played a significant role in the selection of the Republican nominee, who is now President-elect, and the selection of the Democratic candidate who made three stops, I think Alabama has well-established herself as a future stop for presidential candidates."

The 25 counties who demoed new electronic sign-in technology gave high marks. The new technology replaces traditional sign-ins where someone must search for a voter's name for verification.

"In Mobile County, they processed more than 650 voters in 60 minutes," Merrill explained.

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