BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is predicting record turnout in the presidential election and is urging Americans to vote early.

The former Vermont governor was in his hometown of Burlington on Saturday before a scheduled campaign stop in support of Barack Obama in New Hampshire on Monday.

Dean told a gathering of professional firefighters on Saturday that he voted that morning and would like 20 to 30 percent of Americans to cast their votes early.

He said that way voters can fix any problems with their registration before the Nov. 4 election to ensure their votes count.

In Vermont voters can cast their ballots early at a municipal office or by requesting a ballot by mail.

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