Yes, I know, I can't believe this but the election is less than a week away and I have no idea where I need to go to vote. Lucky for me - and others - Google has added a new map layer that shows you where to vote on November 4th. All that Google's 2008 US Voter Info Map requires is your home address and it will show you the closest voting locations.
With the previous post on getting "time off from work to vote" and now with a complete map of voting locations, you have no excuse - aside from divine intervention, age requirements, or citizenship - for not voting.
Voting isn't just your civic duty — it's also a great excuse to leave work early or arrive fashionably late. Most states require employers to give time off to employees in order to punch a ballot if work hours overlap with polling hours. Some states even mandate that you get paid during that time. Check out this state-by-state breakdown to see if you qualify for time away from the office to exercise your right. We promise not to tell your boss if you vote by absentee ballot and take the free time anyway.
If the inescapable headlines and news alerts about the financial crisis still fly over your head, don't feel bad—even some of us in the financial industry need some help understanding why it all happened, what it means, and what the bailout plan intends to do.
I recently stumbled upon American Public Media's Marketplace, Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch has been posting videos online describing the current financial crisis in understandable analogies.