- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama could see record number of voters at the polls on Election Day, Secretary of State John Merrill predicted Tuesday

Merrill said Tuesday that he anticipates a record 2.2 million and 2.4 million state voters to cast ballots in the upcoming Nov. 8 election that pits Republican Donald Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“The enthusiasm is out there’” Merrill said.

Merrill said either number would be a record number of voters at the polls. However, he said 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.

The 2008 figure remains the highest since Alabama recorded a 76 percent turnout in the 1992 presidential race, according to figures compiled by the secretary of state’s office.

Voter registration in Alabama ended Monday.

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