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It could be one of the most important elections in recent history. In just over a month, millions of people will head to the polls.
But millions of others will make those big decisions from the comfort of their own home. Monday marks the beginning of early voting here in Nebraska.
Early voting is becoming more and more popular. It was once known as absentee voting, a way for those who couldn't make it to the polls on election day to let their voice be heard.
But with so much going on in our lives today, early voting has become the way of deciding.
"It's a pretty easy process, a lot easier that when it used to be called absentee voting," said Adams County clerk Chris Lewis.
From President of the United States to lawmakers in the Nebraska unicameral, Nebraskans will head to the polls next month. But by the time November 6th rolls around, some may have already voted.
"If you want to come in and vote in the office early you can vote right here today, starting today," said Lewis.
It's an opportunity to make your decisions while taking your time to think about it.
"It's catching on, it really is. People like it; they like the convenience of taking it home, having it mailed to them and there's no excuse required anymore. Anybody's eligible for early voting now," Lewis said.
Decision 2012 coincides with another big event in Nebraska.
"This is really convenient for the rural population especially this time of year when a lot of your rural population is involved in harvest," said Lewis.
Adams County was forced to consolidate some of their polling places over the past few years and early voting has become the method of choice.
"It does make it easier for the rural voter to vote," said Lewis.
So whether around the dinner table, on vacation, or over a cup of coffee...
"And I know it's done over a cup of coffee, sometimes, because we've seen some of that on some of the ballots that have been returned," Lewis said.
It's just important to vote.
If you would like to vote early, you still have time to request a ballot. For more info visit: http://www.adamscounty.org/CountyClerk.htm.
Those ballots must be returned by 8:00 pm November 6th - otherwise known as Election Day.
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