Poll turnout phenomenal

Several battleground states have witnessed unprecedented voter turnout for the US presidential election.

Several battleground states have witnessed unprecedented voter turnout for the US presidential election.

Officials said the initial fears of a procedural meltdown have proved largely unfounded.

Despite the high turnout - expected to reach records in several states amid massive campaign efforts to register new voters - problems were minor in Florida, Missouri, Ohio and Virginia, states that Barack Obama and his Republican rival John McCain have fought over tooth and nail in recent weeks.

"It's a phenomenal turnout," Virginia's secretary of state Jean Jensen said, noting that up to 40percent of the state's registered voters had cast their ballots by 10am. Ohio was on track for an 80percent statewide voter turnout. See pages 7 & 15 - Sapa-AFP

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