Voters in Alabama set an absentee voting record this week, according to Alabama Secretary of State of John Merrill (R).
Over 91,000 Alabama voters have already cast their votes for the November 3 election. It smashed the previous record of 89,000, “which occurred during the course of an entire election cycle,” AL.com reported.
According to Merrill’s office, 162,040 absentee ballots had been requested as of Tuesday.
“We still have three weeks left and we have broken the record,” Merrill said.
Officials believe absentee voters could make up roughly 150,000 of the expected 2.8 million voters across the state.
While Alabama voters typically need to meet special criteria to vote absentee, officials expanded the restrictions due to the Wuhan coronavirus.
Per the secretary of state’s office:
Due to the declared states of emergency, any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling place shall be eligible to