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Marshall Co. expects large voter turnout

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The presidential race is always the big draw when it comes to getting people to hit the polls. The presidential race is always the big draw when it comes to getting people to hit the polls.
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Voter turnout is expected to be high in north Alabama on election Tuesday.

Well, the good news is thanks to these new electronic voting machines the flow should be fairly smooth.

Marshall County's probate judge, Tim Mitchell, said he's expecting the largest turnout there in the last two decades.

"We got to get some help somewhere and I think that's the best thing everybody needs to do is vote," said voter, Charles Jones Sr.

Jones isn't the only one who feels that way.

Mitchell said the 2008 election brought out 2,000 more voters than the 2004 vote.

"We were going to have a new president plus we had more people in our county and had more registered voters," said Mitchell.

This year, Mitchell predicts another big jump in active voters in Marshall County. That's the consensus around Sand Mountain and around the state.

"I don't doubt that this will be the biggest turnout that I've ever seen," said Mitchell.

While local races can get voters motivated, the presidential race is always the big draw when it comes to getting people to hit the polls.

Jones feels it's time for a change, and that will get like minded voters to show up.

"We ain't moved nowhere.  We stuck like a four wheel drive in a big mud hole just spinning his wheels, and we ain't going nowhere," he said. "This is the most important time for anybody who votes."

Mitchell said they're prepared.

"All the machines are there now, and the Sheriff's Department delivered supplies this morning, so everything is ready for November 6th," he said.

Mitchell reminded voters they need to bring a form of identification to vote.

He said it doesn't have to be a photo ID, it can be something like a water bill.

The judge said photo ID is not expected until at least 2014.

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