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Ala. Sec. of State Merrill: Absentee Ballots Running Higher

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By    |   Tuesday, 12 December 2017 07:34 PM

About a quarter of Alabama voters were expected to turn out for the special Senate election Tuesday, but absentee ballots were much higher this year, Alabama Secretary of State, John Merrill said.

"Oh, yes sir. Yes, sir," Merrill said in response to a question on stronger absentee balloting by Wolf Blitzer in an interview.

"One of the things we is a saw in Tuscaloosa County alone, they had 200-plus votes in the runoff," he said. "They had more than 1,200 votes in the general election.

"That was six times what we had seen in the two previous elections. You see that occurring all around the state."

Merrill noted that absentee turnout also was higher in several rural counties, including one where only 44 ballots were received in the September runoff, versus 100 in Tuesday's contest.

Still, the 25 percent statewide number overall is "going to end up being the number," he told Blitzer. "It could be a little bit higher.

"We've seen some numbers that have been a little bit higher in certain aspects of voting throughout the state than in other areas.

"But some areas have underperformed."

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About a quarter of Alabama voters were expected to turn out for the special Senate election Tuesday, but absentee ballots were much higher this year, Alabama Secretary of State, John Merrill said.
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