It’s been said many times, but due to the projected voting problems with Diebold equipment, everyone is encouraged to absentee vote. The law no longer requires a reason in order to absentee vote or vote early at the BoE. Here is the pertinent information.

You can download a request form to complete and mail in. An absentee ballot will be mailed to you by your BoE.

Alternatively, you can go to the Board of Elections for your county and vote in person.

Some important dates:

  1. Oct 3: Absentee and early voting begins
  2. Oct 10: Voter registration deadline – all new registrations or changes of registration must be returned to the BoE or SOS
  3. Nov 4: Last day to mail absentee ballot requests
  4. Nov 6: Last day to vote early (in person at BoE office)
  5. Nov 7: Election Day

I took advantage of the new voting rules in the primary this past spring. I stopped by the Franklin County Board of Elections on my way home from work a few days before the election, and was in and out in just a few minutes. They’ll even validate your parking in the adjacent lot if you are there to vote. Much less painful than standing on line for nearly an hour in the rain early in the morning in 2004.

Be sure not to miss the Oct 10th deadline (two weeks from tomorrow) for updating your registration if you have moved since the last time you voted. Provisional voting can be a pain, and in 2004 21% of provisional ballots were invalidated.

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