Wednesday, November 01, 2006


There's been a lot of talk about the upcoming midterm elections on November 7th, but not so much about "early voting" and what that entails. Simply enough, depending on the state you are registered to vote in, you may be allowed to cast your ballot way ahead of the official poll date. Here in Berkeley early voting has been ongoing since October 16th:

Any person registered to vote anywhere in Alameda County and wishing to vote prior to Election Day, November 7th, may come to the City Clerk Department located on the first floor of the Civic Center Building at 2180 Milvia Street from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on weekdays starting on Monday, October 16th through Monday, November 6th. Alameda County registered voters may also vote in the City Clerk Department from 7:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2006, Election Day. Voters may also return absentee ballots to the City Clerk Department up through 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

I've always voted absentee so this is a new concept to me, but I'm wondering how many other voters know about this useful option and take full advantage of it. I often hear that folks either forget to vote or simply skip it altogether because of their busy schedules during election day, but with the opportunity to vote made available to everyone weeks in advance, that excuse becomes even less reasonable.

And on special occasions, the early voting poll workers will come to you--

If you're going to conveniently forget to vote on November 7th, and the City Clerk Department is much too far away for someone as lazy as you, then vote today or tomorrow on campus:

ASUC Student Union Building [MLK in Heller Lounge], on UC Berkeley campus,
Wednesday and Thursday, November 1st and 2nd, 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

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