Record numbers reached for voter turnout

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Voters came out at record numbers yesterday for the election.

About 43 percent of people participated in this election, which is up from the 2014 gubernatorial election. 

Bay Springs, in particular, had a 55 percent voter turnout yesterday. 

Houston County Probate Judge Patrick Davenport said that part of the increase is due to the Alabama Motor Voter Act, which allows people to register once they renew their driver's license.

"Many of those individuals that we saw at the polls were new voters and younger voters," Davenport said. "Although the 18 to 24 age group does not vote as strongly as the older age groups do, we did see increases in that age range."

He also added that more Democrats showed up during this election because there were more candidates on that party on the ballot this election.

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