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Old 10-26-2016, 06:37 AM
 
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When did early voting start? Never heard of it until this year.


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I do mine by mail
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every year, and it is wonderful. I know that's not the same, but would recommend it to all. If you are ever ill, or the weather is inclement--as well, it gives a person time to think thru all the state legislature and so on.
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Florida began early voting in 2004. I don't think it's available in all states, seems like I heard something like 33 states???? maybe. I voted on Monday, the first day of early voting for my county. Now if there was just an app to get rid of political ads for those who have already voted!!!! I'd make a bazillion dollars if I could develop that!!
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It started in NC in 2004. I've used it in every election (national and local) since then and love it. We don't early vote by mail (that's absentee) but report to selected voting places. I voted last Friday which was the second day of early voting in NC. We had long lines-something that hasn't happened in the past. Of course there was only one early voting place open that day for my whole county. Early voting hours (especially evening and weekend hours) and the number of voting spots (especially those close to areas with large minority populations) have been greatly reduced this year with the leadership? of our conservative Republican legislature and their friends in local government. People of my political persuasion think they're trying to suppress the vote of certain groups of working people who have irregular working hours, less access to transportation, and the kind of jobs where the boss doesn't let you leave for a little while to vote.
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Early Voting in Texas
Old 10-26-2016, 07:09 AM
 
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Our voting started this Monday October 24. We have two weeks of early voting.


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In Washington we got our ballots last Friday/Saturday. We vote by mail here or there are drop off boxes at courthouses and libraries. I have already voted. Ballots can't be counted until November 7.
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Article About Early Voting
Old 10-26-2016, 07:21 AM
 
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This article tells about early voting in each state.

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/0...-states-228435
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Old 10-26-2016, 07:54 AM
 
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I was able to vote early at the county courthouse over 2 weeks ago. Not sure when early voting started, but I just couldn't sit through that 3rd debate. I've been doing it for over 4 years now.

I'm sure voting by mail is offered in my state, just wasn't interested as we live so close to the courthouse and it's easy to just pop in.
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Old 10-26-2016, 09:30 AM
 
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Oregon is vote by mail only, no in person voting. We can vote anytime after receiving our ballots which arrived last week.
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Indiana has early voting. The local news reported that people do wait in line this year. I plan to vote on Thurs.


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I am surprised this is a new/recent concept to American elections.
I didn't realize this was another difference in our voting systems.

I have been voting for 45 years and I have always had the opportunity to vote in an "Advance Poll".
Actually all three levels, municipal, provincial, federal offer advance polls.
Specific days prior to Election Day.
I almost always vote in the Advance Polls.
I like it because I can avoid the deadline of voting on Election Day. Things happen and I would hate to be delayed and miss the opportunity to vote.

I have voted from my home computer for the last couple of municipal elections.
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Early vote is the way to go
Old 10-26-2016, 05:16 PM
 
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We went the 2nd days the poll opened. The line was out the door at 10:15a but moved quickly. We were leaving by 10:35. No school yard scramble for this voter.
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Reminds us just how arbitrary voting laws are - different in each state and maybe even within each state? I am not aware that we can vote early where I am in CA except by absentee ballot. I imagine early voting does help people who may work a long shift on election day, etc. I just always enjoy heading to the poll on the actual day and voting. But imagine if you worked all day and just made it to your precinct only to find a "hiccup" in your registration. Like you weren't on the rolls. Yikes!

Gotta say I love being retired so that I can go anytime, including early morning and not worry about standing in long lines or being late for school!

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Old 10-27-2016, 05:18 AM
 
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Our early voting starts a month before the election. There are maybe 50 machines and about as many workers. It was busy, but no waiting at 1PM.

I almost always vote early. I used to do an absentee ballot because voting when I had a long commute always required a long wait time.

Our pre-election period is WAY too long.
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:00 AM
 
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I'm not sure when it started, all I know that our library parking lot and the area around it was so crowded this morning, that my grand toddler girl had to skip her "Music and Movement" class!

I voted by mail this year, which I've never done. It is so easy, that I will do that from now on.
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Old 10-27-2016, 05:45 PM
 
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My community began in-person early voting this past Monday, as did many other communities in Wisconsin.

I stood in line seven minutes, and five minutes later walked out the door.

Our state also has absentee ballots that can be requested and mailed to the municipality. This has been going on for about a month.
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Old 10-29-2016, 02:04 PM
 
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No early voting where I live.
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