Voting Rights Watch: In Alabama, with no early voting provided, long lines the way of the day

In Alabama, where there was no early voting, polling places throughout the states are experiencing long lines.

The Associated Press reports that there were several hundred people lined up when the polls opened at the Montgomery Museum of Art, and in Birmingham, as many as 1,000 people were standing in line to vote when the polls opened at Birmingham's Legion Field. The Birmingham News reports that state election officials are expecting a record number of voters -- between 79 and 81 percent -- to participate today.

Overwhelming, record-turnouts in states like Alabama are adding to the growing support to for a national policy on early voting. In states with early voting, such as North Carolina, more manageable lines and quicker turn-around times have been reported.