Valid point. The lines are long, the ballots nearly incomprehensible, and the benefit minimal. But if you're in a state where early and absentee voting is popular, you have no excuse but to cast a ballot. Filling out a ballot from the comfort of a sofa, where you can first research the issues on the Internet, if you're afforded such modern amenities, is like taking a multiple choice test while staring at the answer keyâ€”while receiving a hot stone massage. Vote early. If you can, avoid the lines by heading to the polls a few days in advance of November 6.