Absentee Voting

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Election officials across Alabama say the tight presidential race is driving a huge interest in absentee voting.

Lee County Circuit Clerk Corinne Hurst says it beats anything she has seen during her decade of working with elections. Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk Kenneth Austin says his office has handled twice the normal number of applications for absentee ballots in a presidential election.

Jefferson County Circuit Clerk Anne Marie Adams says the county could set a record.

Alabamians cast 55,115 absentee ballots four years ago when George Bush carried the state.

Election officials say strong interest in absentee ballots is almost always followed by a good turnout on Election Day.