Saturday, October 14, 2006
Early Voting Starts Monday
... in Illinois.
There are dozens of places you can vote. Chicago area people can check the links on the side. You need to bank that vote now so you can help out on election day without suddenly realizing you have to interrupt what you're doing and stand in line in the rain or snow to vote.
I voted early for the first time 2 years ago, and it was easy and painless (except they weren't prepared for the flood of voters and temporarily confused me with a different Fresh Paint.) Things, I understand, will run very smoothly this time.
Many offices will be open both Saturdays and Sundays for your voting pleasure. So doit. (I googled a great link that was on the Dan Seals for Congress site, but it seems to be lost right now. Will keep looking.)
If, by some chance, you just realized you never registered to vote, you can still do it via something called "grace period registration." You can only do this at your county's one official election office -- since this is a fairly new law, some of the county web sites I've glanced at seem a little coy about how to do this, especially those of the more Republican flavor.
But it is a law, and it is your right to do this, so if you screwed up and realize you never registered to vote, you can still do so. I would bring more ID than you think you need -- a government-type ID (driver's license, passport, etc.) plus check book, last utility bills, etc. that show address. New citizens, bring your papers (don't think it's a requirement, but...).
If you register in this manner, this is where you will have to vote, too, so you should be prepared to do it at the same time.
And I've been reminded that (I still don't get it) apparently single women don't vote. This is the weirdest thing I've ever heard. Do they think it makes them fat? WTF?
So, folks, drag that single lady down to the registration office and/or to the polls. Convince her that, for once in her life, the world must actually listen to her, and that she's not insane for caring about something. (This site has some fairly cool videos to play.)
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