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10 Reasons You Should Vote Early

10 Reasons You Should Vote Early

Written by Kenneth Quinnell, AFL-CIO

Want to vote early? Thirty-two states allow in-person early voting, and early voting and mail-in absentee voting is already under way in nearly all 50 states. Here are 10 reasons you should take advantage of this option.

1. Someone could come down with the flu and need your care. And chicken soup.

2. You could get to the polling place at the last minute and find out it’s not your polling place anymore.

3. Your Republican governor might declare parking tickets a felony and you’ll lose your voting rights.

4. Flat tires, fender-benders, misplaced car keys, late bus, dead batteries—the transportation gremlins are real.

5. The dog could eat your sample ballot.

6. What if Republicans decide to enforce a new voter ID law that would require you to produce a government-issued photo ID, a long-form birth certificate, a blood sample and a DNA test.

7. There are widespread reports of birds massing near polling places and Hitchcock-esque music being heard nearby.

8. Potential power outages could turn getting to your polling place a nightmare.

9. Once you vote early, the phone calls stop and no more candidates and volunteers knock on your door.

10. The election is just too important to leave any chance that you might not be able to vote.

This post was originally published by the AFL-CIO.


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7:14PM PST on Nov 4, 2012

If only voting early would stop the flyers and phone calls!

8:47AM PST on Nov 4, 2012

We Voted Early, No lines, the wait wasn't five minutes!
Glad we did!

6:54AM PST on Nov 4, 2012

Voted early this past Friday with no problems. The lines were long but moved quickly. I was in and out in 30 minutes. My hat is off to all the poll workers - they did a great job!

12:12AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

California's vote by mail system allowed me to vote almost three weeks ago! I highly reccommend can escape from all the foo-fa-rah on television, mail and press!

6:22PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

thanks. humorous

5:17PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012


4:44PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Jacob R. I assume the first part of your post was VERY tongue-in-cheek. Well done, sir!

Thank you for brightening up my day!

4:31PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Thanks for sharing Mr. Quinnell amusing but very serious take on voting early. @ Dotti L. I voted early here in Ohio three weeks ago and #9 is incorrect as I'm still getting the phone calls.

2:54PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Voted this past Sunday. Happy to say there were no problems as I live in a Republican district. Althought there was a younger guy standing in the driveway of the building with a Romney T-shirt on and some srange marks( red like make up) on his face? We thougth he might be a kkk member or a rabid teabagger. We just ignored him.
We waited in line for an hour and a half. i am not sure if the large crowd was due to anxious republican voters or the impending Sandy frankenstorm heading our way though.

1:57PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Here in Oregon we've had vote by mail since 2000. I don't know anyone who prefers the old way. You can drop your ballots off at the election office if you want to save a stamp. I don't know why other states haven't adopted this, esp. places that get bad weather in November.

For Jacob R: Go away. Grown-ups talking.

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