Your Voice Your Vote – Speak Up!
The election is a few weeks away and this one is different than previous elections. Public safety concerns have prompted our state to administer this election differently by providing more options on how to vote:
- absentee ballot in the mail,
- absentee ballot dropped off at your polling location,
- early voting in person at your polling station, or
- voting in person on election day.
These options give us a choice on how to vote.
For the 29 years that I served on active duty in the Navy I had one option – vote absentee ballot by mail. I was never stationed near my home of record, so I voted by mail from my duty stations in other states and overseas. There are more people that routinely vote by mail than you may think. Our military servicemembers and their family members are probably the first that come to mind. But there are many other ex-patriots who serve, study, and live overseas and they all routinely vote by mail. The State Department estimates 9 million Americans live abroad and many of them vote because they know their vote is their voice. And their votes count in electing representatives and deciding referendums even though they live abroad.
These options are new for many people so it’s important to have a plan on how you’re going to vote. Having a plan will make you more comfortable with voting in a different manner – if you choose to do so.
There is another difference in this election. I’m on the ballot! So make sure your voting plan includes VOTING FOR ME!