Across the country we have seen record numbers of people voting absentee, and that goes for Lauderdale County as well. Because of that it could be a long night here at the Lauderdale County courthouse.
"When the first box comes in, we get out the absentee ballots and they are taken to the scanners. The memory cards are taken to the gym server," said election commission chair, Ann Watts.
But before that can happen-poll workers have to go through the absentee ballots, pick out the ones that will be approved for counting then sign the names of those voters to the signature book. Only then will precinct boxes be delivered to the courthouse.
"I would like to think that we could get out of here early but it would not surprise me by the number of absentee ballots that we have that we could be two, two thirty, not any later than that," said Watts.
When we first start seeing results-they will only be from the memory cards which are the people who voted using the electronic voting machines at the precincts, later in the night we will begin seeing results from absentee ballots but that will be later in the night. And it won't be until tomorrow that we see affidavit results.
Watts doesn't expect any major problems to arise once the precincts close, but she says her team is always ready.
"We have trouble shooters they really know the job and they help us out," said Watts.
As for when the first results begin coming in Watts says our guess is as good as hers.