Absentee ballots to arrive by Jan. 8

Applications now accepted in clerk’s office

Escambia County (Ala.) Circuit Clerk John Robert Fountain said he expects to get the absentee ballots for the March 3 primary elections by Jan. 8, and said people seeking an absentee ballot can fill out an application now.

Fountain said as of Jan. 1, he will accept applications for absentee ballots. He said he will hold those early applications until he receives the ballots from the secretary of state's office and then mail them out.

“As soon as I get the ballots, I will put them in the mail,” Fountain said.

Persons picking up absentee ballots at the circuit clerk's office will need to show a...