Jefferson County Circuit Clerk Anne-Marie Adams estimated that about 150 people still were on the fourth floor of the courthouse as of 5 p.m. Adams said her office processed the last of those voters at 6, and it was a sometimes chaotic day with some learning they had come to the wrong place.
Others waited as long as two hours to vote absentee due to verification of applications and some names being lost in the stacks of forms.
The circuit clerk's office has received about 10,000 absentee ballots so far, with about 400 arriving in the mail on Thursday, Adams
staff could process about 12,000 absentee ballots this year. (In 2004, she
estimated that total was 6,800.)
"This is unbelievable," Adams
"We've never had anything like this."
Despite the workload, Adams
was excited with the turnout.
"I hope people always vote like this," she
The scene on the fourth floor was sometimes hectic.
Election workers rushed through the crowd to accommodate voters.
Some voters stood, others sat in chairs or on the floor.
People who were sick and those in wheelchairs were moved to the front of the line, Adams