Here in Ada Co, there are record numbers of folks, that are voting absentee. I am proud to say I am one of them. In fact I have already cast my votes for Werk, Killeen, Chew, Holmes, LaRocco even Obama. It feels good to know my vote is done and on the way.
That said, I think there are some things for us to make sure and share with absentee voters - especially those who are voting for the first time this year. Of course the paper ballot is nice, and takes you back to those tests at school, where you fill in the oval fully; and they can use a cheat sheet if they want, and vote when they want.
There are some other important keys though. One is to then get the ballot IN the official ballot envelope and sealed and then in the envelope that goes back to the office to be counted. The second envelope, the one you must place a stamp on, must be signed!
I have had a couple of people ask me, "BUT then how is my vote private?" Some folks, do not realize that when you go vote in person, you also sign your name, in the log book, that you voted. Make sure you ask the new voters, and or absentee voters in your life -- if they have ANY questions!
And of course make sure you vote!