Early voting ends Thursday in Montgomery County

Early voting will continue through Monday at the Des Moines County auditor's office.

Did you know in California that you are officially allowed time off to vote?

The lengthy ballot can intimidate, but a number of nonpartisan sites online offer facts about choices, and there's no lack of sites offering partisan election advice. The city, a voter-rich Democratic stronghold that has been key to the party's statewide victories in recent cycles, was also frequently mentioned in the lawsuit, which was filed October 24.

The drop in early voting comes after black turnout soared in President Obama's two electoral wins.

Record numbers of early voters have already turned out in states such as Texas, Florida and North Carolina this year.

"Voting is the most basic right in our democracy, but we have already seen Republicans here in California and across the nation using voter suppression tactics to stop people from voting", party Executive Director Chris Massami Myers said in a news release.

In addition to normal business hours, law provides that voters will be able to vote absentee on Saturday, November 5 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. "Electors" in each state cast their votes in mid-December based on their state's winning candidate. In a highly Republican county, there seemed to be just as many Democrats waiting to have their say; there were many white voters, and many black voters; there were young voters, seniors and everyone in between.

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Earlier this week Trump said he has personally spent $100 million on his campaign and is prepared to contribute more if he has to. His running mate, Mike Pence , rallied supporters last week in Kinston, Greensboro, Salisbury, Jacksonville and Smithfield.

That day may or may not be coming, but early voters are ample proof that citizen participation is alive and well.

Voters who decline to state a major party affiliation are generally younger and less partisan, Sanderoff said, which would explain the relative early shortfall. "With advance voting, any registered voter can vote by mail or in person before election day".

On the election ballot, voters can choose Trump and his vice presidential running mate Michael Pence or Clinton and her vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine. And Republicans are ahead of their 2012 pace in absentee ballot requests. Cynics suggest these are the people early voting is meant to serve.

But first, If you're voting by mail today is the deadline to apply for your ballot.

"What happens is that they will have to vote a provisional ballot". Ed Hanstein, 66, of Chesterfield, and his wife, Cheri Hanstein, 62, said they would be in Iowa on Election Day in connection with his job as a solar energy construction manager and did not want to miss the chance to vote. "If you really wanted to steal an election, it's a stupid way to do it ..."

Absentee ballots must be returned to a voter's precinct or the county clerk by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. We might make assumptions about this by looking at public polling, but then what value are we adding beyond what the public polling says? Steve Waugh (R-Calvert, St. Mary's) reported there was one instance in which a voter told him she used the electronic ballot marking device instead of the new standard paper ballot, and claimed the machine changed which candidate she selected for president.

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