Election Day might officially be on Nov. 6, but in fact the election is really happening right now — thanks to modern-day open absentee and early voting.

Voting has already begun in multiple states, including some key swing states: North Carolina, Wisconsin and Virginia. On Thursday, open absentee voting will begin in the swing state of Iowa, as well as North Dakota where a crucial Senate race is going on, plus President Obama’s home state of Illinois and the GOP bastion of Wyoming.

Next Tuesday, voting begins in the two biggest prizes among swing states, Florida and Ohio.