MOBILE, AL (WKRG) — In the opening hours of Election Day in southern Alabama, early voter turnout appeared to be strong at many polling locations.
Long lines were seen at polling places such as Hillcrest Baptist Church, the Connie Hudson Regional Senior Center, and others in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
Umbrellas were needed for the first time in more than a month, as rainfall finally fell on the Gulf Coast for Election Day.
Secretary of State John Merrill has predicted a record number of voters will cast ballots Tuesday after voter registration hit a record high of 3.3 million.
None of Alabama’s four U.S. House races or the lone Senate race on the ballot are expected to be very close given the name recognition and vast amounts of campaign money available to the Republican incumbents.
Alabama voters also face 14 amendments that will affect everything from state parks to the age of public officeholders to beer.
Across the country, few voters heading to the polls early Tuesday appeared to be encountering problems.
Presidential elections usually include sporadic voting problems, such as machines not working properly. Calls to Election Protection, a national voter helpline, included people reporting long lines as a result of machine problems in three precincts in Virginia. And election officials at a handful of precincts in Durham County, North Carolina, were using paper roll books after technical issues with computer check-in.
Ahead of the election, there was anxiety over whether voters would face problems. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said the election was rigged and Democrats warned that Republicans were planning to intimidate voters. There were also concerns about hackers disrupting election systems.