Alabama Gov. Ivey authorizes several changes related to election

Alabama Gov. Ivey authorizes several changes related to election
The Alabama secretary of state's office says as many as 150,000 people could vote absentee rather than go to precincts on Nov. 3. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Gov. Ivey issued a supplemental State of Emergency related to the administration of the Nov. 3 election.

The governor authorized the following changes, according to Secretary of State John H. Merrill:

  • The opening of absentee ballots, for tabulation, to begin at 7a.m. on Election Day.
  • Student poll worker interns, who were previously unpaid, may now be compensated $50 for working on Election Day. Interested students should sign up online or contact their county probate office in order to become a student poll worker intern
  • County probate judges can conduct remote training for precinct election officials and poll workers via live or recorded video or telephone call.

“I commend Governor Ivey for making the wise decision to allow for the processing of absentee ballots to begin at 7 a.m. on Election Day. This accommodates the anticipated increase of absentee ballots and ensures that Alabama will continue to provide timely, unofficial election results on election night,” said Secretary of State John H. Merrill.

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