You thought this was going to be a post all about my political opinions (yes, I've definitely got some!). But not today.
In this post I want to share how I made my Election Day a whole lot easier.
I didn't vote.
At least, not today. I voted last week from the comfort of my couch.
As much as I can appreciate the All-American experience of going to a polling place, standing in line, marking the ballot inside that voting booth and proudly sporting an "I Voted Today" sticker on the way out... I'm so glad I took advantage of the mail-in ballot option. Getting out to the polls today would have been too much for this new mommy / working woman. I'm sure other busy moms also have a challenge finding an extra hour or so in their any-given-Tuesday schedule to get to the polls.
Sign up to vote early:
You can request an Early Ballot in any given election, but why not vote early every time? If you want to join me and other Arizona residents (Maricopa County) who opt to vote early in every election, you can sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List here*. Just download and print the request form, complete it, then mail it in. Mail-in ballots are super easy, and you can take time to do the research as you vote from your own home. I also heard they get counted sooner, which is kind of cool if it's true.
If you don't live in Maricopa County, Arizona, why not do a quick web search and sign up for the Permanent Early Voter list in your own area. Maybe do it tonight while you are in a voting kind of mood.
And for those of you who still like the experience of going to the polls, more power to you!
Happy Election Day and God Bless America!
*Here is the long navigation for those of you who like to know how you got where you are:
Visit the Maricopa County Recorder website: www.recorder.maricopa.gov
Select "Elections and Voter Information"
Click on "Permanent Early Voting List & Signup Form"