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The long and pandemic-stricken campaign season will come to an end when polls open for the general election on Tuesday morning.

The pandemic has already pushed many to cast their votes via absentee ballots, with Lee County's absentee ballot count sitting at about 11,000, well ahead of the record of 3,100 absentee ballots cast during the 2016 General Election, said Lee County Probate Judge Bill English at Monday's Lee County Commission meeting. 

"We're going to be almost four times the record for absentee voters. But I'll be honest, a lot of voters this year are treating it as early voting and not absentee voters. We're accommodating people as best we can," he said. "Nobody's been turned away to my knowledge, and nobody's not gotten a ballot to my knowledge."

Lee County currently has about 125,000 registered voters and has appointed 400 poll workers this election, with training taking place Wednesday and today, added English. Lee County had just more than 103,000 registered voters in the 2016 General Election, with about a 58 percent turnout.

The biggest race on this year's ballot is no doubt for the presidency between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump is expected to easily carry both Alabama and Lee County. In 2016, Lee County voters favored Trump over Hillary Clinton 58 percent to 42 percent. The Libertarian ticket of Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy Cohen will also appear on this year's ballot. 

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Doug Jones will try to hold onto his seat in a race against Republican challenger Tommy  Tuberville, a former Auburn football coach and political novice. Polling has shown Tuberville with a large lead heading into the election over Jones, who secured his seat in a special election over Roy Moore in 2017 after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as U.S. Attorney General. 

Also on the ballot is a contest between incumbent Republican U.S. House Rep. Mike Rogers and Democratic candidate Adia Winfrey. Rogers, who has served in the U.S. House since 2003, easily won re-election during the 2016 and 2018 General Elections. 

A number of Republicans vying for judgeships will appear unopposed on the ballot, including two for the Alabama Supreme Court. 

Republican Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh will try to keep her position as president of the Alabama Public Service Commission in a race against Democratic challenger Laura Casey. 

Republican Oline Price is running unopposed for Lee County Revenue Commissioner. There are two contested races for the Lee County Commission, though, with Democrat Lindsey Bickerstaff running against Republican Doug Cannon and Democrat Napoleon Stringer facing off against Republican Gary Long. 

The ballot will also include six statewide amendments to the Alabama Constitution, including Amendment 4, which would allow the removal of racist language from and help streamline the constitution. Amendments 5 and 6 apply to Franklin and Lauderdale counties, respectively, and address "stand your ground" laws.  

Amendment 1 would make a slight adjustment to the constitution to say "only" citizens have the right to vote, while Amendment 2 would make changes to the Alabama court system. 

Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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