80 percent turnout in Pa. today?

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 8, 2016 10:38 AM

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortes.(Photo courtesy of the York Daily Record)

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's secretary of state says he wouldn't be surprised if voter turnout topped 80 percent.

Secretary Pedro Cortes has served from 2003 to 2010 under former Governor Ed Rendell and since last year under Governor Tom Wolf, both Democrats.

Cortes says the highest voter turnout since 1980 was in 1992 when 83 percent of Pennsylvania voters cast ballots in an election headlined by Democrat Bill Clinton and Republican President George Bush.

Today's general election pitting Republican Donald Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton will be the 19th overseen by Cortes, counting primary elections and non-presidential elections.

Cortes also downplays concerns over voter fraud saying, "I will never claim that elections in Pennsylvania or anywhere else are perfect, but they're legitimate.''

He says he expects about seven million of Pennsylvania's 8.7 million registered voters to participate.

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