Why Early Voting Is Bad

A couple of things caught my eye this morning.

First, governor of Ohio and presidential candidate John Kasich said today that if he is elected president, he would grant amnesty in the first 100 days.

Second, Drudge headlined about a pastor who has endorsed Ted Cruz and even introduced him at a conference. The pastor, Kevin Swanson said: “Yes, Romans Chapter 1 verse 32 the Apostle Paul does says that homosexuals are worthy of death. His words not mine! And I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! And I am not ashamed of the truth of the word of God. And I am willing to go to jail…

” …Now my friends let me introduce to you the next candidate for the office of President of the United States, folks please make welcome Senator Ted Cruz.”

If you had early voted for either of these two in tomorrow’s election, you might be wanting to take that vote back today.

But you can’t. It’s too late.

In the rapid news reporting we have today there are always going to be last minute “nuggets” that come out about candidates, most of them not good. For people who weren’t all that sure of their vote, that’s a predicament. You’ve shot your wad, used up your credit, danced your last dance. You’re hooked and cooked as they say.

Then there is the issue of how early voting is used. Both parties love it because it gives them an idea where votes need to be extracted. Democrats use it to bus people to the polls, Republicans not so much. We aren’t good at pressuring people (a plus in my rationale) or in bullying people. Advantage Democrats.

And what about fraud? Are any of us completely sure that in some districts of the country everything is on the up and up? Places, say, like Philadelphia where the black panthers intimidated people in the 2008 election? Or how about the hanging chads in Palm Beach in 2000? And those are just the examples we know.

Early voting costs the taxpayer a lot, too. Every early voting place has to be open for two weeks-ish and that means paying for it, utilities, management, poll workers. Before we did this we managed quite well with absentee ballots.

Anytime politicians fiddle with what was working quite well, it’s suspicious. Somebody benefits and it’s not you.

Unfortunately the train has already left the station on this one. Early voting has about as much a chance as being overturned as Social Security does.

That worked out great, didn’t it?

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