The hours for other days is 10am until 6pm. Seriously?
I realize that the people running the voting are ancient, but most people work during those hours. The two early voting locations in the county are on the other side of the river from where I work and live, which means it takes half an hour…
I heard that if you work when the polls are open your employers are legally required to allow you to leave so you can vote. It’s against the law for anyone to prevent you from voting. It’s definitely something worth looking into.
While this is true, it would require me to cancel class. We don’t get substitutes in college and I can’t in good conscience cancel class. I may be able to do an absentee ballot though, and I can do that tomorrow. I just have to look up what qualifies for an absentee ballot.
OH you have a real job. ^_^ I’m a supervisor at Taco Johns, so I don’t have a real job. But I don’t see why you wouldn’t qualify for an absentee ballot. They try to make sure EVERYONE can vote. Good luck anyway my friend. (I’ve been saying “my friend” a lot. Not sure why. Maybe because I have a concussion and am losing my friggin’ mind…..please ignore me. I’m crazy.)
Honestly, my boss would probably be fine with me canceling all or part of class, I just won’t be. I can’t absentee vote because in New Mexico you have to opt for that twenty-eight days before the election. There is a chance that my class will finish early naturally this Thursday and if it does and if I haul ass I might be able to get to the early voting place before they close. They are good about letting you vote after 6 pm as long as you were in line before 6 pm. If not, I’ll be headed to the polling place at 6:30 am on the 6th and hopefully I’ll be toward the front of the line and get in before 7:30. I know my boss gets to her polling place at 6 am on election day so she can be at the front of the line and manage it before work.
Mostly, I’m just really pissed that the early voting hours seem to have been reduced since the last presidential election. One of the things I love about New Mexico is their early voting (even in non-presidential years. I pretty much always vote early), they really try to make it so everyone has a chance to make it. I have never had a problem getting to a polling place before, even with my completely inflexible hours. They also seem to have less early voting locations. Or at least, less conveniently placed early voting locations.
The lesson being that next year I need to make sure I check the voting schedule early enough to get an absentee ballot if I need one. Luckily, the January 6th voting will be during winter break and I can go any time for that one.