If you’re new to the area, you may not have had a chance yet to change your voter registration to your new home (especially if you just graduated). Given that it could be too late, you may want to start the search now into getting a hold of an absentee ballot for the various 2010 elections coming up on November 2nd.
Locally, here’s a few dates to keep in mind for the various jurisdictions:
- DC: Request for absentee ballot must be received by October 26, 2010; ballots must be postmarked no later than election day
- Virginia: Request for absentee ballot must be received by October 26, 2010; ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on election day
- Maryland: Request must be received by 4:30pm (mailed) or 11:59pm (faxed) on October 26, 2010; ballots must be postmarked by election day and received by 10am on November 12, 2010 (mailed) or received by 8pm on election day (hand-delivered).
Of course, if your point of origin is a little further away, there may be different rules for your state. Cross-check your own voting district on this handy chart from Long Distance Voter, and remember, it doesn’t matter who you vote for…just vote.