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Voters encouraged to check their voting location ahead of election day

Voting locations vary for county, state, and federal elections.
Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 5:09 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Voters will be heading to the polls in a few weeks to vote on several races including president, but many will not be going to the same polling place as they did a few weeks ago for the municipal election.

There are about a dozen municipal polling locations in the city of Dothan, but there are 28 voting locations for county, state, and federal elections. Some locations may differ for voters.

Houston County Probate Judge Patrick Davenport shares the importance of voters having an election day plan.

“From all indications, this is going to be a big turnout election,” Judge Davenport said.

Judge Davenport encourages voters who have not voted in the past few years, such as in 2012 or 2016, to double check on where their correct voting location is for the general election.

“There will probably be people who have not voted in a number of election cycles," Judge Davenport said. "Consequently, their polling location may have changed. They would have received a mail notification of that change, however in the complexity of life, they may have forgotten that change.”

It takes less than a minute for voters to go to the Houston County Probate website to view their exact voting location and to receive directions on where the location is if needed.

“If you live in Kinsey, you might vote in the city of Dothan elections at Walton Park yet vote at the Senior Center for state and federal elections,” Judge Davenport said.

Judge Davenport said as of yesterday, Circuit Clerk Carla Woodall has received over 3,000 absentee ballots.

“As absentee goes, so goes poll day typically," Judge Davenport said. "So if the turnouts high in absentee, we’re going to anticipate a high number.”

Houston County’s highest historic number was a 69 percent turnout in 2008.

“I would not be surprised if that turnout exceeds that number this election cycle,” Judge Davenport said.

Absentee ballots are still available at the Houston County Courthouse, voters can vote in person or request a ballot. The last day to submit an application is Thursday, October 29. The last day to submit a voted ballot in person is Monday, November 2. The last day to submit a voted ballot by mail is Tuesday, November 3 at 12:00 p.m. These deadlines are not postmarked dates, but actual dates

The general election will take place on Nov. 3.

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