MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Thursday, August 22 was the last day to apply for an absentee ballot.
City of Mobile Clerk Lisa Lambert said more than 3,500 people applied, although no official number can be given at this time. She said voters with absentee ballots have until noon Tuesday, August 27 to get those ballots in.
Ever since absentee voting opened for this election, the demand has been great.
"This is a record number, over 3,500 absentee ballots and applications, a combination of the two. Some people haven't returned theirs yet. They're still coming in the mail," said Lambert.
Lambert said she hasn't seen numbers close to this in recent elections.
"Our last election in 2005 was the election we had about 900 total absentee; so from 900 to 3,000, that's a lot," Lambert said.
There's no doubt this election has gotten attention; from debates, to commercials, to controversy. The turnout of absentee applications can only foreshadow what's to come on Tuesday.
"The citizens are taking a part of the voting process and that they're interested in who their leaders are going to be," said Lambert.
Those who have an absentee ballot have to have them mailed in by noon on election day.
"We start with the process Tuesday at noon and we start the scanning process for the first time ever we're using the high speed scanner because we have so many," Lambert said.
If you have an absentee ballot, you can also turn it in, in person, by the close of business on election day.
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