The process of voting Even people who take the time to register may not vote. Elections are traditionally held on a Tuesday, a workday. While the polls may be open for more than 12 hours — 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., for example — many still find they do not have the time to vote. Absentee ballots are increasingly used, but the voter has to send away for one, fill it in, and mail it back, making sure that all the procedures are followed correctly. Oregon adopted a unique approach: The state did away completely with polling places and only uses mail-in ballots; the result was a dramatic increase in voting. Several states offer mail-in ballots as an option. News coverage of elections also has an effect. Exit polls and other statistical techniques allow journalists to predict the winner of an election before the polls even
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