I don't get what Jay Evensen is upset about. There's no requirement
for early voting. Just the opportunity for those who wish to beat the rush, may
not be in town, have something scheduled, etc.You'll never be
as informed as you might be, even if you wait until election day. But if you
already know how you want to vote, I don't see what there is to make a fuss
Maybe people are burned out over the long and pervasive presidential campaign,
and by voting early they are saying, in effect, "OK, I've voted, so now
I finally get to tune out all this politcal crap."The
presidential campaign has been going on for two years. I'd like to see the
GOP and Democrats prohibit their state parties from having primaries and
caucuses before Feb. 15 of the presidential election year. Plus, I'd like
to see the media pretty much ignore the presidential contestants until Jan. 1 of
the year of the election.House members, with their two-year terms,
are constantly raising funds, a form of campaigning. Perpetual campaigning
contributes to political divisiveness.
Only if it hurts repubs.
I plan to vote early because I will be out of town and thus away from my normal
polling place on Election Day
So Jay, has your position on candidates or issues changed a month before the
election? We haven't received the voter information material with the
details of the propositions which will be on the ballot, so i am not yet
prepared to vote. It seems like we're almost in non-stop
campaign mode. Thank goodness we don't live in a swing state. Perhaps
people in swing states know all they need to know about the candidates. We need
to either limit the length of campaigns or increase the presidential term from 4
to 6 yrs. with a simple yes or no vote for 2 more years, 8 yrs total. Afterall,
Senators have 6 yr terms. It seems legislators and presidents focus on the job
for 2 yrs and then nobody wants to do anything until after the election.
If early voting gets more people out to vote I think it is a good thing!
Are we to infer from this editorial that Mr. Evensen has yet to write his
"Mitt Romney Wins!" editorial? I'd bet it's sitting patiently
on a hard drive somewhere waiting for the last few details, but somehow someone
doing their due diligence a couple weeks before Election Day is somehow gaming
the system. Oh well, at least this editorial did some good. I'm filling out
my mail-in ballot right now.