Saturday, August 30, 2008

Don't Forget to Register for Your Absentee Ballot

"figures poll" courtesy of lusi

The 2008 U.S. Presidential election is not so far away now and it is time to start the registration process for absentee balloting. For Americans living overseas, you’ll want to start as soon as possible so that can have your absentee ballot completed and returned before the election. For many other Americans, the absentee ballot and balloting process can make voting a lot easier to do.

For Americans living overseas it is probably a good idea to contact local officials in the town of your last residence to find out how you can get an absentee ballot. In my case, I visited the website of the city where I last resided in and sent an email off asking how do register for an absentee ballot. The city clerk was nice enough to respond back and contact the person that ultimately provided the information that I needed. Because the process can vary from state to state and location to location, it is probably best to contact your local government to find out the process. You also don’t necessarily have to live overseas or be out of town on Election Day to participate in absentee voting; some communities have expanded the criteria allowing people to get a ballot for a variety of reasons. When I lived in Texas several years ago it was possible to go to your polling place and vote prior to Election Day, allowing you to avoid some of the lines that you would normally face on the big day.

The Democrats just finished their national convention in Denver, while the Republicans will be holding their convention in Minneapolis shortly. John McCain and Barack Obama have both recently made their sections of running mates, McCain announcing his on his 72nd birthday on Friday. For those of you that aren’t interested in the candidates of the Democrats or Republicans maybe you can cast your ballot for the Libertarian Party or one of the other smaller third party candidates. I have to admit to being somewhat of a political junky and have enjoyed watching the speeches at the national conventions in the past.

I’m sure that there are probably many people out there that are tired of the campaigning already and just wish that it was all over. For others, November 4th will be here sooner than you think, so be sure to register for your absentee ballot, if you’ll don’t plan on going to your local polling location on Election Day. If you’d like to provide a link to any of the candidates from parties that I didn’t mention, feel free to post it in the comments section. Don’t be afraid to tell friends, associates, and anyone that you think might be able to use anything that is written here. If you like what you’ve read, why not subscribe via email or your RSS reader of choice. I’d also appreciate it if you shared any ideas for reaching more readers. Please share our posts on delicious, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social bookmarking or networking site.

Looking ahead I’m planning posts…
· Commemorating our one year anniversary
· 2008 Blog Action Day
· Along with the normal posts that you read here.

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