[lit-ideas] Re: voting

  • From: John McCreery <mccreery@xxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 12:32:07 +0900

On 2004/10/19, at 4:36, JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx wrote:

> Someone explain to me why people in Florida are voting for President =20=

> today.

This is one of those times when we should think a bit before throwing=20
out the baby (early voting) with the bath water (the lousy,=20
computer-crashing, hackable implementation).

One of the difficulties with the all-one-day system is that voting day=20=

for US national elections is always a Tuesday, a working day for most=20
of the voting population, which means that most people with jobs have a=20=

disincentive to vote.  Allowing early voting means that people who=20
might not be able to get to a polling place on the Tuesday have a=20
chance to cast their ballots on another, more convenient day.

My favorite proposal is, however, a fairly obvious one=81\make Election=20=

Day a national holiday, so that no one can be prevented from voting by=20=

a boss who insists on their working.

John McCreery

P.S. Early voting is also, by the way, turning out (if the=20
implementation isn't screwed up) to be a boon for poll watchers, who=20
can cast their own votes in advance and then be able to concentrate on=20=

combatting intimidation or other voting suppression efforts on Election=20=


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