North Alabama counties see surge in absentee ballot votes

Madison County went from 650 absentee ballot requests for the run off election in September to 3,411 for the special election.

Posted: Dec. 11, 2017 7:26 PM
Updated: Dec. 11, 2017 7:41 PM

North Alabama sees a huge uptick in absentee ballots for Tuesday’s Senatorial special Election.

WAAY 31 spent the day gathering the number of absentee ballots in North Alabama. After contacting all 10 Probate Courts in the Tennessee Valley, the numbers of absentee ballot requests have doubled and even tripled since the GOP runoff election in September.


*Not the exact number, but a rough estimate by election officials.

Madison County went from 650 absentee ballot requests for the run off election in September to 3,411 for the special election, which is five times the number of request made three months earlier.

The majority of voters are expected to physically go to the polls in person. The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office expects a 20% voter turnout for Tuesday. That number is lower than most Presidential election, but significant up from the average special elections.

Absentee ballots had to be returned by Monday in order to count in Tuesday’s special election.

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