Thursday, October 23, 2008

12 Days to Change: Voted Yet?

Early voting is underway in 32 states, so depending on where you are, you can vote right now. Here's a link to a site that provides information on early voting wherever it occurs. The states voting now include Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Indiana. Not California, though.

I'd like to say vote now and avoid the rush, but several states are experiencing so many early voters that there are long lines, particularly in Florida where Republicans restricted the number of sites and hours they are open.

28 states accept vote by mail. But if you're a first time voter or haven't voted in awhile, it's best to go in person to make sure there's nothing wrong with your registration. Republican vote suppression efforts are underway everywhere.

Still, if early voting indicates the high level of interest and participation this year, election day may see long lines, too. In Michigan, 98% of those eligible to register are registered to vote.

But many voters are undeterred. The numbers are record-breaking. Here's the latest article on early voting, and here's a summary of how the voting is going so far in some key states. Given the high participation of Democrats, African Americans and women, it's very good for Obama, who has been urging voters to vote early. Some of the stories are very moving.

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