That’s right, Election Day is just 17 days away from today. I know, you have just grabbed your calendar and it tells you that it is only September 19 and that it is 46 days until November 4. Well, you are right, but, so am I.
We no longer live in an election world where the first Tuesday in November that follows a Monday is Election Day. Now, Tuesday, November 4 is simply the last day we can call “Election Day.” So what is 17 days from now? It happens to be October 6, which is the first day that a voter can vote via absentee ballot. This is the first of many Election Days.
With the ability to vote absentee ballot, at a vote center, satellite voting, at the county clerk’s office or at a traditional polling place on Election Day, voters have a much longer period of time to vote than just 12 hours on one day. This is having a greater impact each election with the outcome of the election. Any campaign that does not recognize Election Day is just 17 days away is taking a giant risk with the their Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts.
My suggestion for voters: Take advantage of your options by voting early and avoid what will be long lines in many polling locations on November 4. The Indiana Prosperity Project has details regarding early voting procedures.