For registered voters ready to cast their ballots, waiting until Election Day isn’t the only option.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, thirty-two states and the District of Columbia offer registered voters an option to cast their ballots as far out as 45 days before the election.
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On average, states begin their early voting process 22 days before the election and allow the voter to cast their ballot in-person without offering an excuse as to why they couldn’t vote on Election Day.
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Early voting normally ends just a few days shy of Election Day but varies state-to-state. By the end of the month, voters in 30 states will already have cast their ballot.
According to the Early Voting Center at Reed College in Portland, Ore., more than 46 million people are expected to cast their vote for President in 2012 before the Nov. 6 election date.
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Although the presidential debates haven’t started, President Obama has a clear lead over Gov. Mitt Romney in critical swing-state Iowa. Early voting begins Oct. 2 in Ohio, where Obama has a considerable lead in the latest polls. President Obama is is also gaining ground in Florida and Virginia.
According to various media news outlets, Romney is hoping next month’s three debates–scheduled Oct. 3 in Denver, Colo.,–will help sway voters.
Whether you’re a hardcore Republican or Democrat; a proud member of the Tea Party or Liberal, it won’t matter unless you register to vote.
You’ve got 40 days left to make your voice heard! If you’re not registered to vote, click here.