Thursday, October 2, 2008

Coming to TDWI New Orleans? Vote First!

If you'll be joining me at the TDWI conference in New Orleans during election week, make sure you vote ahead of time. Here's how.

This election day, I'll be teaching Advanced Dimensional Modeling at The Data Warehouse Institute World Conference in New Orleans. I was a bit reluctant to accept the invitation at first, out of fear that it would prevent my vote from being counted. But after doing a little bit of research, I accepted with confidence.

You can attend with confidence as well. All you need is an absentee ballot. / learn how to vote absentee!Absentee voting procedures vary by locality. To find out how it works where you live, you can go to

Plug in your zip code, and they'll provide you with information on how to apply for an absentee ballot. They'll even give you a link to download the ballot application. If you prefer, you can contact your county or city government for information.

The process is simple, and you can be sure your vote will be heard. Some localities even permit residents to cast absentee ballots in person. In Fairfax county Virgina, where I live, you can personally feed your ballot into the optical scanner that tallies the votes.

And as an added bonus, you won't have to stand in line on election day!

I have already cast my absentee vote. If you will be traveling to The Data Warehouse Institute Conference in New Orleans, I urge you to do the same. Go to now, and find out how.

- Chris