Absentee voting: Out-of-town Hampton U. students mail it in

By Brian Sprowl

With Election Day just days away, students on the Hampton University campus are set to hit the polls strong throughout the day on Tuesday, Nov. 6. But some students won’t have to make those trips to the polls because they have already voted via absentee ballot.

The process of absentee voting is convenient for those who cannot make it back home to the places they are registered to vote, so instead they vote by sending in a ballot through the mail. The process is basically the same as what will take place on Election Day, except that absentee voting is paper instead of electronic.

While some students opted to change their state of registration to Virginia so that their votes could be counted in one of the top battleground states, some students decided to just vote early with absentee ballots.

Kadeem Russell, a junior chemical engineering major from Cape Coral, Fla,. is one of those that decided to vote absentee.

“I decided to vote absentee instead of changing my registration to Virginia because it was an easier process in my opinion,” said Russell, “and less paperwork since I was already registered in Florida.”

Like Virginia, Florida is one of the battleground states that could significantly impact the election being that it carries 29 electoral votes. An article published by CNN last week showed the race in Florida to be neck and neck with each candidate holding slight leads in the different polls conducted, with margins for error.

Jared Smith, a junior aviation major from Cincinnati, also voted absentee, this time for slightly different reasons.

“Since Ohio is a battleground state, I decided to vote absentee because my vote would matter just as much there as it would here,” said Smith.

Smith is indeed right, as Ohio is very much up for grabs. In the same CNN article from last week, results from various polls show that President Barack Obama holds a slight lead over candidate Mitt Romney. Ohio carries 18 electoral votes in the election.

In a race as close as this one is projected to be, all votes will matter no matter where they are cast.

The writer is a junior in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications