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Alabama political leaders ready for Election night

Hundreds of people waited in line on Thursday, October 29, 2020, to submit their applications for an absentee ballot. This was the deadline for applications to be turned in.
Hundreds of people waited in line on Thursday, October 29, 2020, to submit their applications for an absentee ballot. This was the deadline for applications to be turned in.

We lay out what you need to know before Tuesday night

Posted: Nov 1, 2020 7:27 PM
Updated: Nov 1, 2020 7:57 PM

We're just two days away from the end of voting for the general election and we wanted to let you know what to expect over the next two days of voting.

WAAY-31 spoke with Alabama State's Secretary John Merrill about what you can do if you get sick with coronavirus and still need to vote.

Political leaders want to offer everyone the opportunity to vote come this Tuesday and John Merrill told us they even have a provision in place for you to vote if you contract coronavirus this week.

"We will not only break the record, but shatter the record. It's very exciting," said Merrill.

Secretary of State John Merrill said on Sunday that Alabama voters broke the voter registration record.

He added that by election day, we'll probably have made history with voter turnout.

We spoke with some people in downtown about how they're feeling about election day and many said they're thankful that Alabama's normally strict absentee voting laws are easing up for voters this season.

"The fact that people can go down to the courthouse, the fact that some people in some counties are able to drop off and do curbside voting, the fact we're having historic amounts of mail-in voting is amazing because not everyone can go on 7 to 7 on a Tuesday," said John O'Brian.

There's also help for you if you get sick in the coming days leading up to election day!

You can ask for an emergency absentee ballot on the day of voting.

"They have to have a signed statement by their doctor indicating that they are ill and they have COVID and because of that they're eligible to be considered under the emergency provision," said Merrill.

At the polls, you are being asked to wear a mask, but it's not required.

If you're voting absentee, there's an option that you can select that says you do not feel comfortable physically coming to the polls with the pandemic going on...or you could mail-in your ballot.

Either way, people are hoping on Tuesday night, everything stays kosher.

"Hopefully we can continue the 2 centuries of peaceful transfer of power that we have here in this country," said O'Brian.

If you are mailing your ballot, it must be postmarked by Monday and received no later than election day by noon.

If you're dropping it off in person, yu must do so by Monday at 5 p.m.

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Cases: 443009

Reported Deaths: 6662
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Mobile31746574
Madison28413217
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Montgomery20088332
Shelby19452132
Baldwin17333189
Lee13261107
Morgan12678142
Etowah12141181
Calhoun11555206
Marshall10487123
Houston9031164
Limestone838181
Cullman8296124
Elmore8243110
Lauderdale7946107
DeKalb7900107
St. Clair7876130
Talladega6523112
Walker6050183
Jackson603245
Colbert558194
Blount548586
Autauga540762
Coffee466964
Dale412785
Franklin377550
Russell358415
Chilton346873
Covington340880
Escambia339244
Tallapoosa3163109
Dallas313696
Chambers305470
Clarke303336
Pike265231
Lawrence255855
Marion254661
Winston234742
Bibb222948
Geneva213047
Marengo210531
Pickens200431
Hale186144
Barbour183438
Fayette178829
Butler174860
Cherokee166031
Henry160025
Monroe152621
Randolph146636
Washington142727
Clay130746
Crenshaw124845
Macon122837
Cleburne122125
Lamar120622
Lowndes116836
Wilcox108322
Bullock104628
Perry100518
Conecuh98022
Sumter90627
Greene77923
Coosa64018
Choctaw52124
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Cases: 710427

Reported Deaths: 8970
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Davidson73248697
Knox40335452
Hamilton35983347
Rutherford34271298
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Williamson22259150
Sumner18862237
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Blount12382136
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Madison9364186
Robertson793088
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Greene6779117
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Bedford546092
Roane536083
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Warren511656
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Dyer487487
Monroe471964
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Franklin426067
Fayette415953
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Rhea391858
Lincoln388347
Cocke359063
Marshall358140
Cheatham350332
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Campbell338742
Henderson338659
Giles334476
Carroll318362
White317749
Hardeman315854
Hardin306650
Lauderdale299934
Macon294751
Wayne270325
Henry269960
Overton260546
McNairy249042
DeKalb247443
Haywood245650
Marion236233
Smith235430
Trousdale230617
Scott230432
Claiborne230033
Hickman229836
Fentress217835
Grainger217240
Johnson205335
Morgan196616
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Chester179039
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Cannon161721
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Polk150517
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Benton134135
Lewis131121
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