MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - While other state offices took Monday off in observance of Columbus Day there was one office too busy to take a break.
"My staff and our state's voter registrars are working nights, weekends and holidays to ensure that every eligible voter is registered and that we have the most fair and honest elections process possible," Secretary of State Beth Chapman said.
Chapman's office stayed open to handle the growing number of voter registration applications that will play an important role in upcoming elections.
She says the registration requests are flooding into her office at record levels.
In the last year there have been 13,000 applications filled based solely on requests from the Secretary of State's website.
Chapman's staff uses the site, www.alabamavotes.gov, to provide interested Alabamians with their voter registration status, a sample ballot, the location of their polling place and other important information. "We have brought new technology to the voters of our state and they are using it to the tune of thousands of hits a day" Chapman said.
Add the website numbers to the thousands of forms shipped to groups conducting voter registration drives and the individual counties that are pulling in record requests and you'll see why Columbus Day was just another day of the week for workers in Chapman's office.
Montgomery County reported 10,000 applications in a month's time and Jefferson County saw 35,000.
But while thousands of people are registering, there are many that don't know time is rapidly running out for them to do so.
The deadline for registering is October 24, and the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is October 30.