Early voting works differently across the country. However, many of the benefits of early voting remain the same across state and county lines.
Where I live, early voting for this election season began on Monday of this week.
Why should you early vote?
- The lines are usually shorter than on actual election day – the first Tuesday in November, which is November 4th this year
- You can pick which date and time fits your schedule best during the early voting window, which is open for several days, including the weekend
- You may not have to go to a specific voting precinct to vote. Where I live, I can go to the nearest public library. The location may be more convenient for you too
- You can feel free to tune out all the political ads
I know some people prefer to use mail in ballots too. They vary in availability.
What else would you add to the list of benefits above?
Many people fought hard for all of us to have the privilege to vote in America. It is our civic duty to exercise those rights.
If you are a parent, you might also consider taking one or more of your children with you when you vote so they can see the process in action. As the saying goes, “More is caught than taught.” When they witness you voting, it can generate interesting conversations about why you selected a given candidate over another.
Now, find that window in your schedule and head on off to the polls! You will be glad you did.