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I'm curious if there is a distinction between early voting and absentee voting. My state (NY) doesn't have early voting. It does have absentee. However, my city has what they call in person absentee voting. I did it once before when I was traveling on election day and plan to do the same this year.

My question is what early voting means. Is it that your polling place is open? Or that it is statewide? Or....

This is in the pit in case the answer mentions politics.
 
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I have an absentee ballot this year. I never heard of early voting. Though, i think the term is used to people who vote before x happens. So, with the media's hatred for Trump, there's all this screaming about people who voted early before this or that thing they decided to misunderstand or blow out of proportion. The media bias is more noticeable than ever this year.

Personally, i plan to vote on Wednesday (and mail in my ballot), and skipping the president part (or maybe use a write-in).
 
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In Texas, it means that there are special polling places (usually not the same as election day polling places) where voting is set up for early voting. Grocery stores or trailers in grocery store parking lots are popular early voting locations.
 
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Bear: Makes sense.

Brian: That happened to me one year. I voted absentee by mail and then someone withdrew (for a local race.) That's why I switched to "absentee in person." Then I can vote the Sunday before. Not much likely to happen in 48 hours.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Not much likely to happen in 48 hours.


I don't put stock in anything this year.
 
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A little late to the party but I hope you got your vote in, Jeanne. I dropped my family's three absentee ballots in the mail on Monday. OH has early voting, too, but I'm not aware of any early voting centers in the kind of places that Bear mentioned. AFAIK, early voting centers in OH counties are at their respective Board of Elections branches/offices. They've been open for at least a couple of weeks now I think. I'll just be glad for all this to be over and we know for sure which way we're all going to get scr*wed.  At least we'll know just how big of a nightmare the next four years are going to be.  I'll leave it at that, even though this is already in the pit.
 
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Junilu Lacar wrote:A little late to the party but I hope you got your vote in, Jeanne.


Not yet. I'm going this weekend to vote. Our "in person absentee voting" is open 9-5 both days the weekend before. I've voted in every election since I turned 18.
 
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I learned recently that Missouri only has "absentee" voting.  However, there are large polling stations open daily, M-Sat where you can walk in. They don't seem to pay much attention to if you are voting early or voting absentee...You don't have to offer any proof for why you are voting now as opposed to the 8th.
 
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