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US turnout record expected to be smashed

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Record participation is being predicted in this year’s US presidential election. Hence questions about what impact a high turnout will have on the result, and whether the US electoral system will be able to cope with a tidal wave of people at the polling stations.

It is estimated that by the time polls open on Tuesday a third of the electorate will have already cast their ballots. Democrats say they are encouraged by the results of early voting, especially in key states like Florida and Colorado.

While some fear a surge of voters could cause chaos on polling day, with the system unable to handle the numbers involved, most analysts seem to agree that a repeat of the Florida fiasco eight years ago is unlikely.