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My Take: Early Voting

What are your plans for the first part of November? Hopefully high on your list is voting on November 6th. But what do you do if your job or other family obligations will keep you away from the polls that day? If you live in Alabama, you may be out of luck. Alabama is one of only 15 states that do not allow any type of early voting. And you can only vote by absentee ballot if you provide an excuse ahead of time. In 2008, only about 60% of voters in Alabama bothered to cast a ballot, which wasn't too far off the national average. And that's something we as a nation should not be happy about. A study by the New England Literacy Resource Center showed the number one reason given by people who don't vote is that they're too busy. So why not make it more convenient? Let's allow early voting so those who truly are overwhelmed with other obligations can still make time to make their voices heard. If the voter turnout rate doesn't increase, then we'll know that those non-voters were really just giving the researchers an excuse and not a valid reason. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?

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