More than a few people have made clear their opinion that our election system is antiquated.  In addition, there are those who wonder why it's not made easier to vote by either making the first Tuesday in November during an election year a holiday or changing election day to the weekend.  I for one thought by now we'd be voting electronically by computer or phone or both.  But now, of course, we can't risk that system change due to the possibility of hacking.  The latest suggestion is to let working parents vote absentee who's day doesn't allow the time to vote.

In an article on freep.com, obstacles like time constraints and designated voting places that are far from home have led some to explore the possibility of absentee voting.  In some ways it might make sense since the ultimate goal is to vote.  However, right now there are only 6 reasons you can get an absentee ballot:

  • Be age 60 or older
  • Be unable to vote without assistance at the polls
  • Expect to be out of town on Election Day
  • In jail awaiting arraignment or trial
  • Unable to attend the polls because of religious reasons
  • Appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside your precinct of residence

Get more information on the issue by clicking HERE.