December 27, 2011

Are you ready?

This will be a quick one, mostly because I don't think many of us are on the blogosphere full-time yet. I probably won't be until January, to be honest. But I did want to throw this out there.

We are facing a major election year. I don't need to tell you how much the goings-on on Capitol Hill affect us millies, not after three potential shutdowns mired in subterfuge and gamesmanship. I hope it became clear just how important it is for us to not only be informed about issues, but about candidates, because those candidates get elected and create those situations that literally mean the difference between putting food on the table and not.

As 2011 winds to a close, I strongly encourage all of you to get online and begin the process for registering to vote. We vote absentee in our home county. Our voter residency is registered to my parents' house, which is in the same precinct and county as our first house was, so we know the people, the area and the relevant issues. Our forms are "due" by the end of the month, but realistically, you can register at any point in the year and begin receiving your absentee ballots. But why wait?

First you have to determine your residency. Which state do you file your taxes in? Because we kept ours at my parents (for both voting and tax purposes) I go to their county election board's website. Just do a search for "Cleveland County Election Board" (whatever yours is) and it should take you right there. If that doesn't work, find the state election board and they can help you out. All military members and dependents are able to register to vote absentee in every ballot election.

Then throughout the year, you will receive your ballot in the mail. Fill it out, get it notarized and send it back in. Easy-peasy.

This is one of the most major election years we are facing, particularly those of us with primaries. Don't wait until it's too late. Start the ball rolling on getting those absentee forms filed. If you have any questions, let me know and I'll help the best I can.

5 comments:

  1. Great post! I agree that it is very important and easy to vote via absentee ballot. Unfortunately many military people don't practice their voting right because they may not realize how easy it really is.

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  2. Thanks for posting this! I've been wondering if I'm "allowed" to vote absentee because I'm a dependent. Good to know!

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  3. Thanks for posting this! I need to make sure we have the right address on file. We have moved since the last major election.

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  4. Awesome post! Last election was the first time I was of age to vote, but something happened with my card, and basically I was unable to vote. Where do I go to start the process?? I still live in the state that I grew up in so I won't have to vote absentee

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