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UPDATE: Higher than normal voter turnout expected in Alabama Senate race

Posted December 12, 2017 3:43 p.m. EST

— Alabama's Secretary of State John H. Merrill expects statewide voter turnout in Tuesday's special U.S. Senate election between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones to be in the range of 20% to 25%. He offered the projection in a message to FOX10 News anchor Bob Grip.

Baldwin County Probate Court Judge Tim Russell says more than "1500 absentee ballots were requested, which is almost three times the number requested for the run-off. With this additional increase in absentee ballots, and with all of the calls we have received, we estimate we will have a 30% turnout in Baldwin County," which would total approximately 43,500 votes.

Mobile County's Probate Court told Grip, "Both the number of absentee ballots requested and the number of absentee ballots returned indicate a significantly increased voter turnout for Mobile County for the U.S. Senate General Election as compared to the U.S. Senate Primary and Runoff Elections". County turnout in the August primary was 15%; it was 12.4% for the October Republican runoff.