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Amazon is asking the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to direct warehouse workers to cast unionizing votes in-person, rather than by mail.

The company filed a motion last Thursday to delay the union election at an Alabama facility.

The union election was set to begin on Feb. 8 by mail. The motion by Amazon intends to have the NLRB reconsider its decision on the method of voting and instead go for a one-day in-person event.

"We believe that the best approach to a valid, fair and successful election is one that is conducted manually, in-person, making it easy for associates to verify and cast their vote in close proximity to their workplace," Amazon spokeswoman Heather Knox said in a statement to USA TODAY.

The NLRB did not immediately responded to USA TODAY's request for comment.

There were 100,641 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alabama last month, according to Johns Hopkins data. It also registered its record number of deaths at 1,981.

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"Amazon provided the NLRB with a safe, confidential and convenient proposal for associates to vote onsite, which is in the best interest of all parties – associate convenience, vote fidelity, and timeliness of vote count. We will continue to insist on measures for a fair election, and we want everyone to vote, so our focus is ensuring that’s possible," Knox said.

Some Amazon workers in Europe are unionized and are moving to improve their working conditions. A union election was held in 2014 at a Delaware warehouse, but workers rejected the effort.

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