The 2016 Election will be studied for generations to come and the TBM Council wants to make sure all TBM Conference 2016 attendees are a part of history. More than 85% of attendees are traveling from out-of-state and will need to submit an absentee ballot before leaving for San Diego. Here are 3 things every conference goer needs to know to make sure your votes counts this election.
Every State is Different
Every state has different rules and deadlines when it comes to absentee voting. For example, all Washington State
residents vote by mail. They do not have to worry about requesting a specific ballot for voting out-of-state unless the ballot needs to be mailed to an alternative address. If you are from New York, all absentee ballots need to be postmarked no later than seven days before the election, and all Delaware voters must have their ballots notarized. Make sure to check out your state’s specific guidelines and rules for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot.
You Might Need an Excuse
21 states require that all voters requesting an absentee ballot provide a legitimate excuse as to why they cannot vote in person. What qualifies as a valid excuse differs depending on the state. Luckily for TBM Conference attendees, being out of the state for work and/or travel is seen as an approved excuse. Submitting an absentee ballot can take additional time and resources (Copy of I.D., social security information, notarization), so it is essential that you fully understand your state’s guidelines at least two weeks before you leave for TBM Conference 2016.
How to Request a Ballot
The deadlines for requesting an absentee ballot are fast approaching. As mentioned before, each state has different rules and dates around requesting and submitting a ballot. Visit www.usvotefoundation.org or www.vote.org to register to vote and to request your absentee ballot.
2016 will be a year for the history books for both the United States and the TBM Council. We are excited to share this historical moment with you at the 2016 TBM Awards Gala. Not registered for the conference yet? There is still time to register and receive the extended discount rate of $1995.
Questions about the upcoming TBM Conference 2016? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org