Election day arrives with good weather, heavy turnout

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The weather is expected to be good and turnout heavy today as Vermonters head out to vote in a historic election. Polls open at 7 a.m. in many towns, and all will by open by ten this morning.

But many people have already voted – town and city clerks around the state say early voting so far makes this election look like one for the record books.

Secretary of State Deb Markowitz says turnout is expected to reach 70 percent of registered voters, versus 60 percent for a typical presidential election.

Much of the focus has been on the presidential contest between two senators – Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.

Also on the ballot are elections for governor and other statewide offices, legislative races and some local elections.

Vermont does not vote in a U.S. Senate race, and for Bernie Sanders — who won a Senate seat two years ago, it’s the first election day he hasn’t been on a ballot since the 1970s.

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