Absentee voting hits record level in Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabamians are voting by absentee ballot in record numbers this year after pandemic rules made it easier to do so, even lining up on Saturdays to cast votes.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said more than 145,000 absentee votes have already been cast either by mail or in-person voting. The state’s previous record for absentee ballot voting was about 89,000.
The chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party says it is direct evidence that people want more opportunities to vote early. Alabama does not technically have early voting, but people can cast absentee ballots by mail or in-person at local elections offices.