Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Voting in September. Is it a well-informed vote or simply party line voting?

Did you know that 31 states have early voting rights?  That's nearly 54% of the voting population!

People in Iowa have the ability to vote now for who should be president.

Now, I'm not sure what the rationale was to allow voting so early.  I suppose it has something to do with tabulating votes but who aside from the
die-hards are ready to vote?  I sure am not.  Yes, I have my party preferences but I still am researching where the candidates stand in key issues. 
Debates haven't started.  We just spent the last two months in military record murkiness.

If you look at the map of who gets to vote early, you will see that the east coast is the hold out states.  Maybe we're overly cautious.  Maybe we
just want to preserve the tradition of a national day of voting.  Maybe we're so pressed for time that having a standing appt on the Tuesday after the
first Monday in November as comforting.

If states wish to grant early voting, they should at least do so during October and not in September when even the candidates are coming back from