The state’s new online voter registration system appears well on its way to becoming the preferred option for Alabamians looking to register or update their voter information. But the influx of new applications this election season also has meant long hours for local officials who must process the documents. Announced last week by the Alabama Secretary of State, the system allows residents to register to vote or update their voter information online. According to the office of the secretary of state, the system is designed to increase the accuracy of voter rolls and provide a more convenient alternative to the existing paper forms.
Since an unannounced soft launch Jan. 22, the system has quickly grown in popularity, snagging 27,813 users statewide as of 3:15 p.m. Friday. The spike in online requests has some local registrars working overtime to process the forms.
“That means a lot of late nights and early morning work,” said Adonis Bailey, chairwoman of the Morgan County Board of Registrars. Bailey said she and her staff have come in early and stayed late every day since Jan. 28 and came in on at least one weekend to process the online forms.