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Early voting = A good thing

Early voting is another one of those issues where all Americans can find common ground, no matter which political party you belong to, if any.

Early voting is a good thing!!
If your state allows you to vote early, you should really consider taking advantage of it! Avoid the long lines on election day, and ensure that even if something comes up on election day, you still get your vote in! We can't vote early where I live - so go vote early so I can live vicariously through you! :)

Election Day has traditionally been held on a single day — a Tuesday. Congress scheduled federal elections on Tuesdays because they worked well for farmers and Sabbath observers. But in the 21st century, having one day to vote is an antiquated relic.

The answer, as many states have discovered, is to move away from a single day of voting and allow voters to cast ballots over a period of days or weeks.

EARLY VOTING INFO:
31 states allow early voting in some form.

States that permit "no excuse, in-person early voting" at election offices and, in some states, other satellite locations (as of 10/8/08):
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Louisiana
Maine
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Remember early voting is not the same as absentee voting...
Early voting differs from absentee voting in that voters may visit an election official’s office or, in some states, other satellite voting locations, and cast a vote in person without offering an excuse for not being able to vote on election day.

Early voting generally is conducted on the same voting equipment used in the regular election, as opposed to absentee voting, which is conducted on mail-in paper ballots. The time period for early voting varies from state to state, but most often it is available during a period of 10-14 days before the election, generally ending on the Friday or Saturday immediately preceding the election.

ABSENTEE VOTING INFO
:
Other states permit no-excuse absentee voting. Go here to see a list.

Also, I know some people are suspicious of absentee ballots and whether they are counted or not. Go here (and scroll down) to read more about each states' procedure for counting absentee ballots.

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maxomai
Oct. 30th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
Oregon
Oregon isn't mentioned in this post, and this is a rather glaring omission IMO. Oregon has a roughly 2.5 week long voting period where all voters are mailed their ballots and must return them to the county elections office, either by mail or by dropping them off, by 8 PM on election day. This gives us a regular 80% participation rate, and allows people to mull over their votes, discuss them around the dinner table while they fill out their ballots, etc. It also means no long lines, no provisional ballots, no fake absentee ballots, and none of that other voter suppression bullshit.

The one catch is that the public must have confidence in their local postal system. This is no problem on the West Coast. In Chicago, however, mail is routinely late, lost, or stolen.
enjoybeing
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
Re: Oregon
Wow. That's a pretty cool system.

I did neglect to mention that in the post, but was focusing on "early" voting, as opposed to absentee. However, I would have neglected to mention this regardless, since I didn't realize Oregon has such a special system for voting.
This site (http://www.ncsl.org/programs/legismgt/elect/absentearly.htm) does list Oregon as "Oregon conducts all elections solely by mail ballot" but it's listed under absentee voting instead of early voting. I guess because it's a "take home" ballot as opposed to having to come in to vote...

Do you know how long Oregon has had this system in place?

Thanks for the info!
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