Thursday, September 25, 2008

Vote NOW!

Fellow Arlingtonians: why wait until November 6 to vote?

You can do so now, with Arlington's version of early voting. Technically, you'll be voting absentee, but as long as you can attest that you intend to be out of tiny Arlington County on either personal or professional business at some point on election day, you can vote NOW.

What does this mean? If you work downtown, you easily qualify. But let's suppose that, like the Curmudgeon, you "work" at home. You still qualify if you intend to do something outside Arlington--shop at Tysons, have lunch in Falls Church, take your kid to a doctor's appointment in Bailey's Crossroads, pick up an item in Alexandria (play golf in Sterling). We're sure that a majority of Arlingtonians can meet these requirements.

It's easy enough. Go to the County Building, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. and find room 109. There, you quickly fill out the absentee form, and then you vote just like at your precinct, except that THERE'S NO LINE!

You can vote Monday thru Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (8:30 a.m. on Saturdays). There's also evening hours on Thursdays from 5:00-7:00 pm, and on Tuesday Oct. 21 and 28, also from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Then, on election day, you can sit back and relax, blogging all day, while the exit poll people try to figure out how to deal with all those absentee voters.

While you're at it, take someone with you!

Oh, and please vote for Obama and Biden.


Anonymous said...

What about elsewhere in NoVA?

X Curmudgeon said...

The rules are the same throughout Virginia--if you're going to be out of the County on election day, you may vote absentee.

However, you need to check where your County is conducting absentee voting, and at what times. We'd guess that most would have it on their websites. The Obama campaign probably also has that information available.

Since Arlington is very small, most people can make it to the County office to vote pretty easily (although we wish they'd set up a station in South Arlington). Also, Arlington officials are encouraging the early voting, whereas some other counties may be less supportive.