This year’s general election to be unlike any other

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Ala. (WDHN) —2020 has been a year like no other, and much like the unique circumstances of this year, elections will be historical in more ways than one as well.

“Obviously, there are a lot of things that make this election different than elections that we’ve had in the past, including but not limited to the coronavirus, including but not limited to the fact that we are going to break every record in the history of this state for voter participation, including but not limited to we’re going to break every record in the history of this state for absentee voting by mail and in-person so there are a lot of things that are going to make this a very unique election,” said Secretary of State, John Merrill.

Deadlines for this unique election are important. Monday, October 19th is the last day to register to vote. October 29th is the last day to apply for absentee ballots and November 2nd is the last day to make sure your absentee ballot has been returned.  

Another rarity of this election season… Counting absentee ballots will begin election day at 7 a.m.

“Typically, that counting begins at noon but because of the coronavirus and because of an overwhelming number of absentee ballots she allowed us to move that time up to 7 a.m. which is when the polls open, so that’s when ballots will begin to be open and counted,” said Merrill.

Merrill says people need to know that all of the votes and results for the state of Alabama will be known from all 67 counties on election day. Voters can keep up in real-time with votes as they get reported on Alabamavotes.Gov.

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