Voting days are upon us
September 17th, 2012
04:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Voting days are upon us

(CNN) – While Election Day is 50 days out, actual voting in the battleground states begins much sooner with absentee ballot and early in person voting starting as early as this week.

Absentee ballots in Virginia start the earliest becoming available this Friday and early voting begins among the battleground states first in Iowa at the end of the month.

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Of the nine states CNN lists as "toss up" on its Electoral Map all but two allow for early in-person voting and all allow for absentee ballots prior to Election Day.

Here's a timeline of early voting dates in key swing states:

Iowa is first among the "toss up" states on the calendar to allow in-person early voting beginning September 27, just one week before the first presidential debate. Absentee ballots in the state are also available September 27.

Early voting and absentee ballots become available in Ohio starting October 2.

Ballots from absentee voters in North Carolina have been available for over a week and the first day of in-person early voting begins October 18.

In Nevada, absentee ballots are available beginning October 17 and in-person early voting begins October 20.

In Wisconsin, absentee ballots are available beginning September 20 and in-person early voting begins October 22.

In Colorado, absentee ballots are available beginning October 15 and in-person early voting starts October 22.

Florida's absentee ballots are available beginning October 2 and in-person early voting begins October 27.

Though Virginia and New Hampshire do not allow for early voting, absentee ballots become available September 21 and October 5, respectively.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    "Please. You are reading too much of the serial dishonesty that comes from Obama and the media lapdogs I guess."

    You are welcome to return to whatever media you feel best represents Mitt Romney interests. Not many are willing to stake their reputation on Mitt any longer. Can't say that I can fault them. I really do like to be informed before I vote. Guess you would rather be told how to vote.

    September 17, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    STRAIGHT democratic ticket for me.

    September 17, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. My Vote Is Not For Sale

    Obama/Biden 2012.

    September 17, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    The republicans picked a really really bad candidate, now they are blaming the media for their failures.

    Sounds like the 4-year old whining of Sara Palin talking points to me. wah wah wahhhhh wahhhhhhhh media made me look bad waaahhhhhhh waahhhhhh

    September 17, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    "I do realize the Democrat vote counts heavily on ill informed voters being told to vote for a Democrat because it is in their own best interest when in fact, it is the worse thing they can do, for them and their kids."

    Keep blabbering. Fact is, America is STILL waiting for those Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! many were fooled into believing the GOP would create ... if ONLY we would vote for them two years ago.

    September 17, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Obama Bide 2012

    Early voting here starts in 21 days.

    September 17, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. cali girl

    Please contact all your friends and relatives and BE SURE they are registered to vote. Just because they think they are does not mean they are.
    President Obama 2012

    September 17, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. truth hurts

    >Woman In California
    >STRAIGHT democratic ticket for me.

    Like it matters in California! California is bankrupt from liberal Democrats and they have spread it to DC with the likes of Pelosi.

    September 17, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    Anonymous
    Keep blabbering. Fact is, America is STILL waiting for those Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! many were fooled into believing the GOP would create ... if ONLY we would vote for them two years ago
    ============================================================================================
    Obama has been bragging about 4.6 million new jobs! Where have you been? MOST of them created after the House was returned to Republican control. Almost NONE were created in the first 2 years of the Obama administration. But once the leftist Obama and his lackey Pelosi were stopped, whalla!

    And if you want a LOT more jobs America, get rid of Obama and the leftist Democrats. They could care less about jobs. They only care about their leftist ideology.

    September 17, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Who's Watching The Commercials?

    I'm voting for Obama as fast as I can get to the polls to do it.

    I'm tired of listening to the made up flipity-flopity fantasy campaign of Willard Romney. The campaign makes up lies, and their candidate borders on the fringes of Alzheimer's disease. The Romney campaign at this point is in disarray and in chaos. I wonder if campaign chaos means Romney is a lousy leader? I suspect he is a lousy leader, that is why his campaign is in chaos.

    Stream television or watch it on DVR? When the Romney political fantasy commercials come on, fast forward through them. Millions of dollars of the Koch brothers and millions of dollars being spent on commercials by Romney and his fantasy team, and the commercials are not even being watched by an enormous amount of people who don't believe the Romney lies anyway.

    September 17, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Ancient Texan

    Jobs and a strong economy will NOT return to America....Until OBAMA is retired to Chicago. His constant anti- business rhetoric and obcession with new regulations have small businesses scared to do anything.

    September 17, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If the crazy baggers in congress would have voted for the bipartisan senate jobs bill, unemployment would be lower than 7.1%.

    September 17, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. 1twinsfan

    Romney has been caught on tape saying that 47% of Obama supporters are on government assistance.

    check out Huffingtonpost

    September 17, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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