(Really) early voting begins today

Be the first kid on your block to cast a ballot in the 2010 election! Early voting begins today at the Buncombe County Training Center at 199 College Street in Asheville. They’re open from 8am to 6pm today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday) and they’re closed on Saturday. In addition to the downtown location, other remote locations throughout the county will be open starting October 18 through October 30.

Map of the Buncombe County Training Center at 199 College Street:

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From the Buncombe County Board of Elections:

There Are Three Ways to Vote Early!

One Stop: Beginning the third Thursday before an election a voter can vote in person at an early voting location. Please call 250-4200 for details about the early voting location nearest you.

Written Request: Send a written request to:  Mary Harrill, Board of Elections, PO Box 7468, Asheville, NC 28802. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, date of birth and the address where the ballot should be mailed if different from your residential address. The written request must be signed by the voter in order to receive a ballot.

Requests may be submitted annually for all elections within the calendar year. The desire for an annual request must be notated and on the written request.

Absentee Request Form: Do you need to help a near relative get a ballot who is away at college or is housebound and is unable to travel?

Request it now by sending an email to: absenteeballot.request@buncombecounty.org

Near Relative Request: You can request an absentee ballot if you are the voter’s spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, or verifiable legal guardian. Note: No one with Power of Attorney is allowed to request an absentee ballot for a voter unless he or she is the voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian.

Overseas Voting: For information on voting overseas check out the Federal Voting Assistance Program website or the Overseas Vote Foundation.

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