The 2012 General Election may be less than a month away, but the Montgomery County Courthouse is already starting work on taking takes.

Absentee voting kicked off Monday morning and Voter Registration Deputy Karyn Douglas said that they have been processing requests by mail for a few weeks now.

"We mailed out 152 Monday," Douglas said.

She said they anticipate a higher volume the closer it gets to Election Day.

"We are expecting a higher volume because it is a Presidential Election," Douglas said.

She said that in the primary, absentee voting surpassed that or the 2008 primary.

"More candidates are stressing the early vote," Douglas said. "More people are using it."

It takes the same amount of time to vote absentee as it does to vote on Election Day, Douglas said.

"Instead of sticking your ballot in a machine, you seal it in an envelope," she said.

Absentee ballots and sealed and locked in a room at the courthouse.

"They get delivered to their individual precinct on Election Day to be counted," Douglas said.

Absentee voting is done in the basement of the courthouse. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 hours will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Monday Nov. 5, hours will be 8 a.m. to noon.

"The closer we get to the election, the busier we get," Douglas said.