Early voting underway in California as 2016 election could see record turnout

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Early voting got underway in California as officials said the 2016 election could see record turnout. (KABC)

Even though there is still one presidential debate left, thousands have already cast their ballot as early voting got underway in California.

Early voting began on Columbus Day, and officials said they've already seen high numbers compared to recent elections.

"Records in Orange County were in the 1960s for turnout, but I think we're possibly going to hit that this election," Registrar of Voters for Orange County Neal Kelley said.

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Officials said nearly 800,000 vote-by-mail ballots went out at the request of Orange County residents, which was double the amount in 2012.

Kelley said the tight and closely watched race for the White House appeared to be part of the reason why more people were paying attention to politics.

Officials encouraged people to vote by mail or in-person before Election Day to avoid possible crowds.

They also reminded first-time federal voters to bring their ID.

Those still needing to register to vote have until Oct. 24 and can do so in-person or online.

If you can't make it to the polls before Election Day, polls open at 7 a.m. Nov. 8.

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