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Voter registrations down compared to 2008 presidential election

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Deanna Porath talks to voters about what to include on registration forms. Deanna Porath talks to voters about what to include on registration forms.
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

This time four years ago, registrars offices across the country were processing thousands of voter registration forms.

Montgomery County officials say the 2008 election saw record registration levels.

So what about this time around?

With a presidential election fast approaching Deanne Porath isn't wasting any time processing hundreds of voter registration forms.

With more than 20 years under her belt, voter registration comes easy. She always knows what to expect.

"There are always some people that wait until the last minute," says Porath.

But perhaps the 2012 election is a sigh of relief for her considering what happened just four years ago.

"Wall to wall people and paper."

Before the 2008 election, the registrars office looked and felt a lot different. It was not nearly as quiet and there were boxes of registration forms everywhere.

"A mess. Hahaha," says Porath. 

"We're now coming up on the 6th election held this particular year," says Jim Wilson, Chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Registrars.

He believes voter registrations are down compared to four years ago simply because there have been so many elections in 2012--prompting people to register before this presidential election.

"I think that's probably added to spreading it out a little bit more," adds Wilson.

So far 5,500 people registered in Montgomery County this year. Just over 2,000 of them in September alone. 

"Just more and more applications everyday," adds Porath.

If you're planning on voting in the November election, the deadline to register is quickly approaching.

In Alabama, you must register to vote by October 26th. The deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is November 1st.

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