By Samir Shukla
I live in North Carolina, a crucial toss-up state in this election. This year I'm urging each voter to be a VIP. Vote in Person. I say this in complete non-partisan manner to all voters. Mail-in ballots are fine and safe, and they should not be controversial in any manner. But this is such a toxic year, the best way to make the election process smoother is try to vote in person, if you are able, while of course keeping your personal safety in mind. North Carolina has a lengthy early voting period (October 15 - 31, 2020). Voting in person will, if nothing else, help ease the mess on Election Day by making it easier to tally up the votes as quickly as possible. Voting in person, for most people, is not any riskier than going to the grocery store while wearing a mask or shopping at a mall while taking precautions. You decide how you will vote, and the lines will likely be long, but remember that Democracy isn't risk free. Have a good day.