Early voting has already started in most states. Despite efforts to limit it and voting by mail, Everyone should understand a couple weeks to vote without worrying about lines is a convenience that more people should take advantage of.
As a matter of fact, in 2012 I had to have emergency surgery a few days before that presidential election. While there was no way for me to predict that was going to happen, it is a good thing that I voted the week before I was rushed to the hospital with severe abdominal pain. On Election Day, I was trying to sit up in my hospital bed and watch the election results. It was satisfying because I never miss an election.
Life is so unpredictable, voting early keeps us from stressing over all the things that can and do happen on Election Day that can keep us from voting. Over 25 years ago, the trains in Chicago were delayed keeping thousands from getting home in time to vote at their neighborhood precincts.
Let’s face it. Voter suppression is real. Be proactive. In most states you can vote early, vote by mail, on Saturday, and (in several states) on Sunday.
In conclusion, please remember to vote down the entire ballot. If you go to your state’s Secretary of State website, you can see the “sample ballot” before you vote. This will give you time to research the candidates and referendum(s) on your ballot. Referendums are poorly worded to confuse the average voter. So, please view them in advance and share the information with your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers via phone, email, and social media.
We can make a difference when we vote early, on Election Day and in large numbers in every state. A large voter turnout means Democrats win. It is exactly what President Obama needs for his last two years.
Informed voters are more powerful voters. Thanks in advance for exercising your right to vote. Voting is more powerful than most realize.
Happy voting on or before November 4th!