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Old 11-01-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: D.C.
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Election day is shaping up to be hectic for me in the office, and was thinking of voting early (tomorrow). I'm in Brambleton, but haven't a clue where to go or how to go about doing this? Is it as simple as driving over to where ever I'm assigned to vote, walking in, and casting my vote, like it is on normal election day? (can you tell I've never voted early before?)

Thanks!
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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Virginia doesn't have "early voting" like some states. You can cast your absentee ballot in person, but you have to meet certain criteria for absentee voting.

Loudoun County - Absentee Voting
Loudoun County - In-Person Locations and Hours
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Election day is shaping up to be hectic for me in the office, and was thinking of voting early (tomorrow). I'm in Brambleton, but haven't a clue where to go or how to go about doing this? Is it as simple as driving over to where ever I'm assigned to vote, walking in, and casting my vote, like it is on normal election day? (can you tell I've never voted early before?)

Thanks!
Having just moved to NC, I am surprised that I can go to a variety of polling places and vote early. It's definitely not like that in VA. When I voted absentee ballot there, I had to fill out a form and give a reason why I couldn't vote on election day. I like that I can do it early here in NC, but it's a bit strange to me.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I think you may have missed the deadline for applying to vote absentee in person.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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How much would the criteria be actually verified? I technically have a DC job site that I am responsible for and can be called to at any time. Think they would buy that for early voting?

BTW, I can vote early in Arlington until the 3rd.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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The deadline for applying to vote absentee by mail has passed, but you can vote absentee-in-person until 5:00 pm Saturday. You'll need to look at your county or city website for the location(s) and hours. It's not at the regular polling places. Some places have increased the number of hours to help compensate for closures during the storm. Here are the acceptable reasons for voting absentee in Virginia:

Absentee Voting
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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I think you may have missed the deadline for applying to vote absentee in person.
If you're voting absentee in person, you apply to vote absentee just before you vote. Deadline for that is Nov. 3rd.

The deadline to apply for absentee voting by mail has passed though- it was Oct. 30th.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:57 PM
 
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How much would the criteria be actually verified? I technically have a DC job site that I am responsible for and can be called to at any time. Think they would buy that for early voting?

BTW, I can vote early in Arlington until the 3rd.
All the times I've voted absentee, they didn't verify anything. You are signing a document that says your application is true.

This is the language at the bottom of the form (caps not mine)

"WARNING: INTENTIONALLY MAKING A MATERIALLY FALSE STATEMENT ON THIS FORM CONSTITUTES THE CRIME OF ELECTION FRAUD, WHICH IS PUNISHABLE UNDER VIRGINIA LAW AS A FELONY. VIOLATORS MAY BE SENTENCED UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON, OR UP TO 12 MONTHS IN JAIL AND/OR FINED UP TO $2,500"

I doubt you'll get caught. I also doubt anyone wants to partake in election fraud, even if it isn't material to the winner of the election. Away on business is a valid reason to vote absentee. For commuting to DC, you need to be away for 11 or more hours between 6 AM and 7PM.

I voted today. I'm in Denver on business on Tuesday. Plane tickets, hotel and rental car reservations in hand.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:59 PM
 
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I also doubt anyone wants to partake in election fraud
Except for Congressman Jim Moran's son/field director Patrick:

Police Investigating Patrick Moran | Video | wusa9.com
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:01 PM
 
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All the times I've voted absentee, they didn't verify anything. You are signing a document that says your application is true.

This is the language at the bottom of the form (caps not mine)

"WARNING: INTENTIONALLY MAKING A MATERIALLY FALSE STATEMENT ON THIS FORM CONSTITUTES THE CRIME OF ELECTION FRAUD, WHICH IS PUNISHABLE UNDER VIRGINIA LAW AS A FELONY. VIOLATORS MAY BE SENTENCED UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON, OR UP TO 12 MONTHS IN JAIL AND/OR FINED UP TO $2,500"

I doubt you'll get caught. I also doubt anyone wants to partake in election fraud, even if it isn't material to the winner of the election. Away on business is a valid reason to vote absentee. For commuting to DC, you need to be away for 11 or more hours between 6 AM and 7PM.

I voted today. I'm in Denver on business on Tuesday. Plane tickets, hotel and rental car reservations in hand.
The determination is what you anticipate when you register, not what you actually worked. If you think you may commute and work for 11 hours, you have every right to vote absentee even if things change and you don't end up working that many hours. Anyone that knows traffic in DC, knows that you can easily exceed 11 hours in work/commuting.
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