Early Voting

Common-Sense Convenience

The idea that Election Day can only be the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November seems to be a thing of the past. The busy and complicated lives of American voters have demanded other choices.

Early-voting-signMany states have expanded opportunities to vote before Election Day, in order to accommodate voters’ schedules and in the hope of increasing turnout by making voting more convenient.

These conveniences have proven popular with voters and election officials alike. They help prevent long lines on Election Day, reduce the burden on Election Day pollworkers, and have the potential to increase turnout and expand the electorate, particularly among minority voters.

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Voting Rights Groups Seek to Protect Same-Day Registration in Ohio

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Lawyers for Project Vote and other voting rights organizations are coordinating efforts in a legal battle to protect Ohio’s five-day Same-Day Registration (SDR) period from lawsuits filed by two Republican voters. Read more

Ohio Republicans Sue Over Voting Rules

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The Ohio Republican Party spearheaded a lawsuit Friday over an initiative from the office of Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner that would allow some early voters to register and vote on the same day. Read more

To Avoid Long Lines, Ohio Officials Say Vote By Mail

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Voters are expected to turn out in droves for this year's election, and that has many people worried about long lines. Read more

Policy Brief: Your Ballot is in the Mail: Absentee Voting and Vote-by-Mail

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This 2007 policy brief examine the advantages and disadvantages of convenience voting in the form of no-excuse absentee voting, permanent no-excuse absentee voting, and Vote-By-Mail. Read more