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There is Almost No Excuse: Vote Today

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If you do anything else today (and you live in the United States), make sure you find your polling location and vote. While the outcome of today’s presidential election may seem like a foregone conclusion, keep in mind that there are many other important issues and races that are in need of your vote.

I will be placing my vote later this afternoon.

Many news outlets have instated hotlines that can be contacted if you experience any problems voting. This year, not only are traditional telephone operators ready to receive your calls, but individuals are monitoring email and Twitter as well.

CNN includes a map to show which states are lodging the most polling complaints. To submit a complaint (42,500 complaints have been received so far), call 877-GOCNN-08 or share your story online.

NPR also offers an interactive map showing the country’s hot spots for polling complaints. To report a problem to NPR, send a text message to 66937 and begin the message with #votereport. Include your zip code, and a brief description of the problem. You can also post a message via Twitter with #votereport within the message.

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avatar klerg

Flexo speaks the truth!!! There’s no excuse for not voting today. I, myself, voted on the way to work this AM.

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avatar KC

I voted 2 weeks ago and I had to wait in line then. The lines will be longer today, but its your right to vote. You have ancestors in your not too distant past that never had the right to vote – so exercise yours.

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avatar Dan Malone

Don’t forget free coffee at Starbucks if you tell them you voted.

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avatar Luke Landes

Dan: Since it’s illegal to offer incentives for voting, Starbucks has amended their offer to apply to anyone regardless of voting status. Free coffee for everyone today! Krispy Kreme is also offering free doughnuts. Mighty Bargain Hunter has a list of election-inspired food-related offers.

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avatar Donny Gamble

You have no reason not to vote today especially when companies are offering free food and services for voting. These are added incentives for people to go out and vote.

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avatar Andy

KC, just to let you know, you do not have a right to vote in a Presidential election. Each state decides how it’s electors are chosen. If it gives the general public the opportunity to vote for those electors, the Constitution says that the state cannot discriminate against specific individuals. It though, does not give you the right to vote for President.

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avatar David

I made sure to vote by absentee ballot since I would be out of town. Plus it seems like it’s the safest bet when even early voting has long lines.

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