Heavy absentee voting interest across Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama election officials are working extra hours to keep up with a rush of absentee ballot applications, and the unusually high interest in voting absentee follows weeks of heavy voter registration.

Election officials say the two things together are sure signs the turnout for the presidential election on Nov. 4 will be large.

Voter interest in casting absentee ballots is up in all types of counties.

The circuit clerk in heavily Democratic Macon County says it's far above normal.

The circuit clerk in heavily Republican Shelby County says the same thing.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman says she expects the total turnout on Nov. 4 to be historic.

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