Early and Often
Thousands of voters have already cast a ballot in the presidential election, as early voting is allowed in 32 states. But is early voting really such a good idea? In some states, there is still a heated debate over whether to allow voting before the first Tuesday in November.
Early voting proponents say getting voting out of the way weeks before an election will alleviate the long lines that are expected in many areas on election and help prevent some of the polling problems seen in past elections.
But a lot can happen to sway peoples' decisions in the final days of a campaign. Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher wrote that these new early voting laws put democracy itself at risk.
"Voting is a proud expression of who we are and of our belief in our system and our future. ... It is how we say, "I am part of something larger, and my voice matters, and so does yours." When we chip away at that communal experience, we diminish democracy."
With so many states allowing early voting, getting the most accurate information about laws in your area is key. Pew's Center on the States Election Online project is helping to educate people about early voting and details each state's rules and regulations.
On PBS and YouTube's Video Your Vote channel, people all across the country have already shared their early voting experiences - from drive-through voting in Southern California, to mail-in ballots in Oregon, to waiting in line at early voting places for up to two hours in North Carolina and Virginia.
This woman shared her story of early voting in Georgia, on October 3.
Have you already voted? Do you think early voting take away from the tradition of going to the polls on Election Day? What's your Election Day routine?