Down to the wire to register to vote

It's now or never if you want to vote November 6 and have yet to register. Friday is the deadline.

In Alabama, to register to vote you must use the mail-in registration form or register in person at the Board of Registrars Office. Visit the web site, to learn more.

Also, if you will need an absentee ballot for the general election, you must apply for one by November first.

A new study raises some concerns nationwide about voting absentee. A study conducted over the past two decades on California absentee votes found these votes were twice as likely not to be counted as votes cast on more modern voting machines.

It is estimated that in 2008, as many as 21% of absentee ballots requested nationwide never made it back to election officials! Mail-in absentee voting accounted for 16 percent of ballots four years ago.