A Look at Voting Options for Americans Across the Country as Election Day Nears

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Early voters are seeing long lines. From Indianapolis, Indiana to Madison, Wisconsin and Brooklyn, New York, voters in masks are trying to keep their distance from each other and wait to cast their ballots.  While every state is different, early voting in New York continues through November 1. 

“People are excited to vote for a variety of reasons, motivated by the candidates and motivated by just the need to do it,” said voter Cassie Cloyd. 

Voter Angie Goss wants to “make sure it’s done. With everything questionable and people gathering, we want to make sure we voted.”

It’s easy to social distance in Eau Claire, Wisconsin when you vote in a drive-through.

“It’d be great if we could do this at all the elections,” said voter Ronald Stron. “I think we would prefer to do it this way rather than to have to stand in line.”

In Philadelphia machines are counting mail in ballots ahead of the election. The post office says right now it’s too late to mail in your ballot, because it may not arrive by Election Day, but most states also allow you to drop it off at a polling place or election office. 

If for some reason, you change your mind and want to change your vote, you might be able to before Election Day in some states, according to New York State’s Board of Elections website– 

Even if you request or cast and return an absentee ballot, you may still go to the polls and vote in person. The Election Law recognizes that plans change. The Board of Elections is required to check the poll book before canvassing any absentee ballot. If the voter comes to the poll site, on Election Day or during early voting and votes in person, the absentee ballot is set aside and not counted.