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2012 Presidential election has increase in absentee voters

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Besides absentee ballots, the board of registrars is also seeing an increase in the number of people registering to vote. Besides absentee ballots, the board of registrars is also seeing an increase in the number of people registering to vote.
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Some north Alabama counties are seeing increases in absentee voting this election cycle.

There is a higher than normal turnout in Marshall County.

Besides absentee ballots, the board of registrars is also seeing an increase in the number of people registering to vote.

"You know, it's a Presidential election and that's always important and so I'm doing my duty as an American," said voter, Clay Tucker.

For Tucker, who plans to be out of town, he stopped by the Circuit Clerk's office to make sure he would have a say this Election Day.

And apparently, there are a lot of people who feel just like Tucker.

"We are running a little ahead of 2008 and it just seems like there's more of an urgency for whatever reason," said Cheryl Pierce with the Marshall County Circuit Clerk.

In the last Presidential election four years ago, approximately 1000 applications for absentee were filled out. This year, that number has jumped to 1100.

With a Presidential race and a heated local judge's race, people are turning out to make sure their vote counts.

"More people are getting out and we're having more students this time.  We have a record number," said Pierce.

Officials with the board of registrars said since July, approximately 2000 additional voters have registered to vote in Marshall County.  That brings the total number of registered voters to just over 50,000.

People who wish to vote absentee have until November 1st to file for application of absentee voting.

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