26 October 2008

Early Voting


Today was a VERY productive day for the Gregory household. First, we worshipped. Then, I had my models meetings for the photo shoot this coming Saturday (can't wait to share the photos with everyone). And finally, we VOTED. In Indianapolis, there are three locations where you can early vote: The City-County Building, The J.Everett Light Career Center and The Southport Community Center. I was a little leary of voting early. My mind was put to ease when I was able to see how it is done. You vote on paper ballets which are then sealed in an envelope. Don't ask me why this makes me feel better, it just does.
Exercise your right to vote - remember, our ancestors fought for the right for us to VOTE. Let's make them proud!






The following information was found on National Conference of State Legislatures:
Early Voting
More than half the states--31, to be exact--offer some sort of early 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. Satellite voting locations vary by state, and may include other county and state offices (besides the election official’s office), grocery stores, shopping malls, schools, libraries, and other locations. 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.


Early Voting(Updated October 9, 2008)
The following states permit no excuse, in-person early voting at election offices and, in some states, other satellite locations.
Alaska
Nebraska
Arizona
Nevada
Arkansas
New Mexico
California
North Carolina
Colorado
North Dakota
Florida
Ohio
Georgia
Oklahoma
Hawaii
South Dakota
Idaho
Tennessee
Illinois
Texas
Indiana
Utah
Iowa
Vermont
Kansas
West Virginia
Louisiana
Wisconsin
Maine
Wyoming
Montana

Absentee Voting
Absentee voting is conducted by mail-in paper ballot prior to the day of the election. While all states offer some version of it, there is quite a lot of variation in states’ procedures for absentee voting. For instance, some states offer “no-excuse” absentee voting, allowing any registered voter to vote absentee without requiring that the voter state a reason for his/her desire to vote absentee. Other states permit voters to vote absentee only under a limited set of circumstances.

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