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March 27, 2014

Want to vote early? Here's how

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Voting at home

In addition to in-person absentee voting, voters can also qualify to vote by traveling absentee voter board if they are confined, ill or have been injured; if they are caring for a confined person; or if they are a voter with disabilities and believe the available polling places on Election Day are not accessible to them.

“The deadline for the election board to receive an application to vote by travel board is Monday, May 5, by noon, but can be submitted at any earlier time,” Hudson said. “Once the application is received and approved, the election board will make contact with the voter to schedule a date and time that a bipartisan absentee board can visit the voter to assist them with casting their ballot. Absentee voting by traveling board begins on Thursday, April 26.”

Voting by mail

As a third option for voting, Hudson noted that voters can also vote absentee by mail if they qualify. Qualifying reasons to vote absentee by mail include:

• Expecting to be out of town on Election Day;

• Expecting to be confined on Election Day due to illness or injury;

• Expecting to be caring for a confined person on Election Day;

• If a person is a voter with disabilities. In this case, an absentee voter who is unable to make their own ballot or sign the ballot security envelop must vote by travel board.

• If a voter will have official election duties outside their voting precinct;

• If a voter is scheduled to work the entire 12 hours the polls are open on Election Day;

• If a voter is unable to vote on Election Day due to observance of a religious discipline or religious holiday the entire 12 hours the polls are open;

• If a voter is a member of the military or is a public safety officer.

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