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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia require an excuse for absentee voting, which can be done by mail or in person at local election boards or designated centers.

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Virginia requires voters to specify one of 16 reasons they need an absentee ballot. They can vote absentee without an excuse, however, if they request a ballot containing only the presidential and vice presidential candidates.

Maryland voters in November will decide whether to amend the state constitution to allow no-excuse absentee voting and early voting beginning in 2010.

More information can be found at http://www.dcboee.org, http://www.elections.state.md.us and http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms.

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