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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, December 11, 2013:
In 32 states and the District of Columbia, any qualified voter may cast a ballot in person during a designated period prior to election day. It's called early voting. Pennsylvania is not one of those states.
Absentee ballots are accepted in all 50 states. Pennsylvania is one of 21 states where an excuse is required to vote via absentee ballot, while 27 states and the District of Columbia permit any qualified voter to vote absentee without offering a reason.
Two states -- Oregon and Washington -- vote entirely by mail. Seventeen other states conduct certain elections by mail. Pennsylvania does not.
Common Cause/Pennsylvania* is studying and recommending ways to modernize how voters cast their ballots. The goal is to get more Pennsylvanians to vote.
Appearing on Wednesday's Smart Talk is Elizabeth Randol, Common Cause/PA's Election Modernization Campaign Manager. She'll address those voting issues along with others such as Voter ID being required at polls and the Voting Rights Act.
*Common Cause describes itself as a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's lobbying organization promoting open, honest and accountable government.
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