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How to Vote when Traveling

October 23, 2018

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 is Election Day.

I realize you’re great at other things – things, that don’t include politics. No shame. No judgment.

This is what is happening:

The midterm election. This occurs midpoint of a president’s four-year term. Therefore, it is not a presidential race, but instead an election for local (county and state) and federal government offices.

If you’re traveling for work:

(1) You will need an absentee ballot.

(2) To request a ballot, click here. Select your state, then search for the term “absentee ballot.” To submit an absentee ballot request, simply follow the prompts in your state’s online form.

(3) Your mailed ballot will contain all forms - including a one-pager on instructions.

(4) All states will mail you an absentee ballot, but [for some] you must request one. Also, some states vary in their request process. In some states:

- Early voting is available.
- Early voting is not available.
- An excuse is required.
- An excuse is not required.
- Once added to the list, an absentee ballot is used for all future elections.

To find out how your state operates, click here and scroll down to the color-coded USA map.

If you would like to learn more on why this matters, or combat some commonly-heard excuses with great skill and charm, enjoy this 4:31 minute clip from Barack Obama.

If you found this article useful, please pass it on to those you know.

Shout out to Minnesota.

Minnesota residents - We live in a state that makes it very easy to vote! No excuse is required for an absentee ballot. Further, you may find its arrival in your mailbox the very next day.


I'm a food scientist. Politics aren't really my thing. I wrote this because I had to teach myself, and I wanted to save you the time.

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