Concern over voter list headaches on election day

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The last thing folks want on election day is a hassle.

That's what Montgomery elections officials are trying to prevent.

Trey Granger, Director for the Montgomery Election Center says the number of inactive voters listed by the Secretary of State's office jumped from a little more than 800 in Montgomery county to almost 6,000 since 2008.

He believes the Secretary of State's office made a mistake in counting inactive voters.

He declined to go on camera but claims every county in Alabama saw a significant increase.

He says when the inactive voters come in Tuesday they may have to fill out additional paperwork, causing long lines and confusion.

WSFA 12 News spoke with the Secretary of State and asked about the increase.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman says there's nothing to worry about.

She claims the jump is simply because there are 200,000 more voters in the state now--ever since the Obama election.

She also says Alabama has a high transient rate with military bases, and college students forcing people to move away.

She disputes Granger's claims saying no one from any county--including Montgomery has called her about the issue.

Still Granger says his office isn't taking any chances, ordering extra forms and bracing workers for longer lines and larger crowds come Tuesday.

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