UPDATE:

As of Tuesday, November 8, a total of 51,919 ballots were requested and 47,378 had been returned according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

ORIGNIAL:

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama voters are turning in fewer absentee ballots this election compared to the previous years.

As of Monday, 51,853 absentee ballots had been requested and 42,774 had been returned, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

In 2020, voting rules were more lenient to avoid overcrowding at the polls due to COVID-19, around 318,000 absentee ballots were turned in according to Alabama Daily News. Before the pandemic, that record was 89,000.

Alabama does not offer early voting, and around 96% to 97% of votes are submitted in person on election day. According to Alabama Daily News, voters filling out election absentee ballots must provide a reason for not voting at the polls on election day.

Monday, November 7, is the last day voters can turn in absentee ballots for the General Election.

Polls will be open for in-person voting from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 8.