Absentee Voting Encouraged For Those Who Qualify

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

October 20, 2008

"If they're that many people that come to the polls and we certainly hope there are, there are inevitably going to be some waits in some lines," said Albemarle County Registar Jake Washburn.

But if you qualify you can avoid those long lines on election day. Some local registrars are encouraging voters who can, to vote absentee. An option already being utilized by many. Albemarle County officials say it may even be a record year.

"We're definitely on track to beat the prior record in 2004, so we're seeing a lot of folks come in to do in person absentee voting, and we're seeing a lot of folks ask for absentee ballots to be sent to them by mail, and anybody who's eligible, we certainly encourage them to do it," said Washburn.

And for those who have already voted, they're thankful for the choice.

"I didn't know if i'd get back and i certainly didn't want to miss a chance to vote so i appreciate the county having these facilities available and the opportunity," said Brian Donato a absentee voter.

Donato says it's important everyone exercise their right and get out and vote.

"The contrast between the two platforms between the two parties, is as dramatic as its ever been in my lifetime at least I don't remember a time when people disagreed so vigorously," said Donato.

And if you have the option, vote absentee.

"If you don't have the time on election day to get in line and wait, this is a wonderful alternative and it's one that I would encourage people to use," said Donato.

If you would like more information just click Absentee Voting Information.

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