Absentee Ballots For November Election

No matter which candidate you are supporting, you owe it to yourself and the country to vote!

If you will be unable to cast your ballot at the polls this November, you should get an absentee ballot this month.  The deadlines vary from state to state, but these important dates are listed by state at www.longdistancevoter.org.

In an interesting bit of trivia, in 1997, the Texas legislature passed a bill allowing residents to cast absentee ballots from space, because of the presence of the NASA Johnson Space Center and the astronauts that live in the Houston metropolitan area.

Absentee ballots were pivotal in the re-election of Abraham Lincoln in 1864. Lincoln was aware of how much the right to vote would mean to soldiers, and to his successful candidacy, so he worked hard in the months leading up to the election to ensure that soldiers in the field would have their votes count.  In previous off-year elections, the military proved to be one of Lincoln’s largest demographics. Different political groups lobbied for a variety of strategies to ensure that their candidate would receive representation. These strategies included passing out pamphlets and ballots to soldiers, sending representatives to the field to make sure votes were counted, and a system called voting by proxy. Voting by proxy allowed soldiers to mail their ballots home. This was the form of absentee voting that was eventually turned into law in April of 1963.

 

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