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Walton Co. Could See Record Voter Turnout

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Voters showed up early Tuesday morning, waiting for the polls in Walton County to open. While the area did see some lines early on, most tapered off by later morning.

"I really expected the lines to be a little longer. I got right in, got my voting card and didn't wait in any line at all," says Walton County voter Stacey Kidder.

 Fewer lines could be a result of Walton County's high early and absentee voter turnout. According to Supervisor of Elections Bobby Beasley, roughly 10 thousand voted early and just under 6,000 voted absentee.

"Well it's taken off the pressure of election day. The people...they've already voted, so we're dealing with roughly half our voters, we think, that we're going to be dealing with," says Beasley.

With early and absentee voters accounting for about half based on an 80 percent turnout, Beasley says, Tuesday morning's steady flow of voters could put Walton County on track for a record breaking turnout.

"We're having very heavy turnout this morning. You know roughly half our voters voted absentee or early voted basing it on 80 percent turnout, and we're on track to have that if the voters continue to vote as heavy as they have this morning," says Beasley.

Back in the 2008 Election, Walton County had a record 74 percent turnout. With more registered voters, he area could see a higher number of voters in this election.