A few weeks back, my wife and I were preparing for a then-upcoming vacation. Our voting cards had recently come by mail and I was listing off the voting information (location, date, etc.) when she realized that election day was happening while we were out of the country. This was the first time I would be physically unable to vote on the day, so we started looking into what one does when this happens. I had heard in the past about early voting, though never needed it.
Turns out, the early voting days would start the day after we departed for our trip (of course).
In cases like this, you need to contact your local elections office to request a special voting kit that would allow you to send in your votes early. Thankfully the elections offices are open during the week until 9pm, so we were able to go in person to fill out the paperwork to pick up our kits and vote. It required us to write out our candidate of choice on a blank ballot, then seal those votes in an envelope, which was then sealed in a separate envelope to track that we had voted but not track who received our votes.
I’m glad these kinds of provisions are in place to allow us to exercise our civic duties. While we know our votes would not be missed if we had skipped this election, and even though we had to go out of our way to vote, my wife and I nevertheless feel it’s important that we do our part to show up and participate in the process.