Find out about direct early voting, in-person absentee voting and traditional absentee voting before Election Day. Make your vote count and vote early.
Election Day is the Last Day to Vote
In 2012, over 32 million Americans participated in Early Voting. Early voting has become an increasingly common method of voting across the nation as states attempt to increase voter access to the polls.
You already know you’re busy—and you’re just as likely to be busy Election Day. But don’t miss the opportunity to make your voice heard just because you have to keep your business running on Election Day!
In most states, the small-business community can take advantage of early voting to ensure that its voice is heard. The commitment of running a business should not come at the expense of exercising one’s right to vote. You should also encourage your employees to use early or absentee voting if available in your state.
What is early voting?
Early voting allows voters to cast their ballots before Election Day. Some form of early or absentee voting is available in almost every state. In most states, voters must be registered to vote to qualify for early voting. Depending on your state, there are several ways registered voters may cast their ballots early:
Direct Early Voting
Voters go to the local elections office or designated polls during a specific period of time prior to Election Day to cast ballots in person. Voters will often use a standard voting machine or complete a regular ballot.
Traditional Absentee Ballot
Voters typically apply for an absentee ballot from their local elections office by mail. Most states require that voters state a reason for voting absentee. After the elections office receives the application, it sends a ballot to the voter, who returns the completed ballot to the elections office within a designated period of time.
In-person Absentee Ballot
Voters visit the local elections office to request an absentee ballot application. At the elections office, voters complete the application and fill out their ballot in person. In most states that offer in-person absentee, there is no required reason to vote early.