After nearly 2 years of debates, primaries, politics and an endless slew of mud-slinging political ads and robo-calls, Election Day is here at last. If nothing else, Tuesday’s election will put an end to all of the hype and political character bashing, at least for a little while. The burning question for many today however is, “where do I go to vote in my state or my local area?”
Each state has information about the location of local polling places for voting in this year’s presidential general election. To help keep the lines shorter, and to allow more people increased flexibility and opportunity to vote, early voting was rolled out over the last few weeks across much of the United States. The voter turn-out in many of the participating states has been impressive and clearly shows that people are more apt to vote if they have more flexibility to work it into their schedules.
For the Americans who did not take part in the early voting or the absentee ballots, their only option for voting in the presidential election is to vote at their designated polling place or voting location. Typically, in each state, the locations for where an individual must go to vote is based on where they live according to their voter registration information on file.
In many states, sample ballots have been mailed out which, in addition to allowing the voter time to examine and research the candidates and issues on the ballots in their area, should have the location of the polling place for each person to cast their vote.
For those without a sample ballot or other information regarding the location of their polling place, the internet makes a valuable resource. An online search for a phrase like “where can I vote”, or “where is my local polling place”, should yield a list of web sites , by state, which will provide the information.