Find out about direct early voting, in-person absentee voting and traditional absentee voting before Election Day. Make your vote count and vote early.
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, small business owners and employees can take advantage of early voting or absentee voting to ensure they make their voices heard each election. The commitment of running a business should not stop you or your staff from exercising your right to vote. Visit your local state’s elections website for more information on your options for early and absentee voting.
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.