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Voting at Gardendale Civic Center during the U.S. Senate special election primary on Aug. 15, 2017. (Josh Bean | jbean@al.com)

Montgomery County Circuit Clerk Tiffany McCord said absentee voting was higher than expected for Tuesday’s special election in the U.S. Senate.

McCord said she initially ordered only 400 ballots but had sent out more than 1,800 by late this afternoon.

Today was the last day to request an absentee ballot for the election between Democratic nominee Doug Jones and Republican nominee Roy Moore.

McCord said about 1,200 of the 1,800 had been returned as of late Thursday afternoon.

Voters have until close of business Monday to return their absentee ballots to the county office. If mailed, they must be postmarked no later than Monday.

McCord, who has been circuit clerk in Montgomery County since 2013, said that while the volume of absentee voting was exceptional for a special election, it was not as high as the general election in November 2016. McCord said there were close to 5,000 absentee ballots cast in the county in that election.

In addition to the Jones-Moore race, voters in some parts of Montgomery County will vote in a Democratic primary on Tuesday for District 26 in the Alabama Senate. Sen. Quinton Ross left the seat to become president at Alabama State University.

McCord said as of this late this afternoon there had been about 750 absentee ballots requested for that election and more than 500 returned.

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Seminole man accused of child sex abuse

A Seminole man accused of inappropriately touching a child now faces sex abuse charges, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.

John Dutton Sr.

John Dutton Sr., 51, was charged with sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and was arrested Thursday afternoon, jail records show.

Dutton is accused of inappropriately touching the child on multiple occasions, said Capt. Steve Arthur. He said the sheriff’s office has been investigating Dutton’s actions for almost a month.

Arthur would not explain how Dutton knew the child.

Jail records show Dutton remained in Baldwin County Jail on a $25,000 bond Thursday evening.

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