POLYAS Election Glossary

We provide explanations and background information on elections, voting rights and digital democracy

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is the term used to describe voting without having to show up at the polling place in-person. Absentee voting is also known as distance voting. The major advantage of offering absentee voting is that people who would otherwise be too busy to attend, or for whatever reason are unable to attend the election on election day, can nonetheless particapte in the election.

Forms of absentee voting
The classic form of absentee voting is the postal vote. Voters can request an absentee ballot via Federal Post Card Application and can vote before election day via post. A newer form of absentee voting is online voting, which means votes are cast in electronic form over the Internet. Online voting is a much more secure option than postal voting and is also much cheaper and easier to implement for election organizers.

See also: Postal Vote, Online Voting, Internet Election , Voting Machine, In-house Elections, iVoting

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