Feature

When every day is Election Day

Perhaps you didn’t realize it, but Election Day has already come.

John Fund
NationalReview.com

Perhaps you didn’t realize it, but Election Day has already come, said John Fund. Voters in 30 states, including such critical battleground states as Ohio and Iowa, have already begun casting early and absentee votes—six weeks before Nov. 6. In the last presidential election, over a third of all voters cast their ballots early, without showing up at polling places—and this year, the total may reach 40 percent. Early voting, which used to be “a last resort” for people who couldn’t get to the polls because of travel or illness, has now become a convenience, expanded by Congress and the courts in the mistaken belief that it increases voter turnout. This year, tens of millions of Americans will cast ballots without seeing the three debates or hearing each side’s closing arguments; they may miss some scandal or unforeseen news event that could change their opinions of the candidates. “Once a person casts an early vote, he can’t take it back.” It’s like letting jurors render their verdict even before the trial is over. “Should voters be able to vote whenever they feel like it? Is that what we really want?”

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