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Valley recorder expecting about 70 percent voter turnout

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People across Arizona are hitting the polls in full force this Election Day, making sure their voices are heard.

Most presidential elections see large turnouts and election officials say they don't think this election will be any different. They're expecting to see about 70 percent voter turnout with a fair number of those being early ballots.

"We've already got 770,000 early ballots in-house. We started counting last week and we will count through about noon today so the results that you see at 8 o'clock tonight will be the early returns and I anticipate about 600,000 of those will be counted by then," Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell said.

So far, there has been a steady stream of people headed out to vote. Some people made it a point to come out bright and early to avoid long lines and crowds. As expected, a lot of people are keeping mum about who they are voting for, but despite what side of the aisle they belong to, people agreed on one thing: This election cycle was vicious and they are glad to see one thing come to an end.

"The ads, the terrible ads, coming from both sides. You just didn't know what to believe. It was just too long, too much, too much money spent, thrown away on negativity," voter Raquel Mamani said.

"It has been an absolute nightmare ... just all the shenanigans of the last election are carrying over to this one," voter Mary Rapp said.

"It doesn't matter who wins, you still have another month or so to go with Congress and they still got a bunch of problems they have to solve before the first of the year, whoever the president is," voter Knut Nicklas said.

Election officials expect some of the heaviest times to be between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

As long as you are in-line by 7 p.m., you will get a chance to vote.

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