Sunday, October 19, 2003

How to cast absentee ballot

Can't make it to the polls on Election Day?

You can cast a vote by using an absentee ballot. Here's how to do that:

You must request an absentee ballot in writing from the board of elections in your county. The ballot will be mailed to you.

You must return it to the board of elections by 7:30 p.m., the time polls close on Nov. 4. The ballots must be returned to the elections board; they will not be accepted at your usual precinct polling place.

Once you request an absentee ballot, you will not be permitted to vote in your precinct on election day.

There are a few ways you are made eligible to vote absentee:

If you are registered and will be absent from your county on election day.

You are 62 years of age and older.

You are a firefighter, peace officer, or provider of emergency medical services.

You or a family member will be hospitalized on election day.

You have a physical illness or disability.

You cannot vote on election day because of a religious belief.

You are in jail on a misdemeanor charge.

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