To put it mildly, 2020 has not been a very good year for most people. I know folks who got married, had babies, got promotions, and other good things, but for most of us this has been a year we can’t wait to forget.
One thing I did recently that IS normal for me was that I voted early. I live and work in different counties, and I’m fortunate to live in a state that offers early in person voting, so I have taken advantage of that more often than not over the last 14 years. And if you live in a state that has this option, I am encouraging you to do the same, especially if you aren’t familiar with the absentee/ vote by mail process in your state.
The most obvious reason why I encourage this is time. Many areas are expecting record or near record voter turn out and/ or a reduction in polling places, which will lead to long lines on election day. In most places you will find no lines at all if you go vote today. If there is a line, it will be a fraction of what it will be on election day.
The other obvious reason is social distancing. Since I’ve already voted, I’m one less person standing in line or even being in the building on election day. The more of us who do this, the safer everyone is.
The third reason may not work for everyone. But I find that after I vote, I find political ads a lot less annoying. They no longer have any power over me. Yes, they are still annoying, but weirdly less so. Again, your results may vary.
The last reason I encourage early in person voting is not a great one, but it’s something we have to deal with- idiots. And by idiots, I mean the people who, in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, are still convinced there is something inherently wrong with voting by mail. By voting early in person you are accomplishing everything you would by voting by mail, but you won’t have those clowns climbing all over you. And that’s worth something.
But of course, the most important thing is that you DO vote. Regardless of how you do it, regardless of if you did it already or plan to go on Election Day, please vote. There is really no excuse not to, not even in this dumpster fire of a year. Go vote.