Crazy election season aside, let's get down to business. If you want to vote, here are some helpful hints, tricks, and reminders as the day approaches:
1. You can vote by absentee ballot.
Thought it was too late? Think again. You can still request an absentee ballot to be sent to your home/work/wherever you reside. So long as your request is made by Friday before election day and as your ballot is post-marked by the Monday before election day, your vote will be counted. You can click here to find a form to request an absentee ballot.
2. You can walk into the County Auditor's office and vote.
Don't want to fight the crowd on election day? No problem. You can go down to the County Auditor's Office right now and ask to vote. You will technically be voting by absentee ballot, but they're all counted the same, so what will it hurt? Offices are generally open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are NOT open on election day. You can click here to find out where your county auditor is located.
3. You can vote on Election Day.
The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November is election day. This year, it's November 8, 2016. Polls are generally open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. You can click here to find your precinct.
Working on election day? Don't forget that your employer MUST provide you a 3 hour window to vote while the polls are open. For example, if an employee works 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., their employer does not have to provide them any time off because they will have from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (a 4 hour window) to vote. However, if an employee is scheduled to work from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., their employer must provide them 2 hours either before or after their scheduled shift so they will have a full 3 hours to vote while polls are open. The employee could be allowed to go in to work late- 10:00 a.m.- or leave work early- 6:00 p.m. or be allowed to leave in the middle of the day. Please keep in mind that the worker must request the time off, and the employer is not necessarily responsible for giving the worker paid time off.
We're almost there! Happy Voting!