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Early voting may come with a warrantee

/ but voting on election day does not.

Reports this morning are that some voting early want to change their minds and, in some states, that's permitted although there are restrictions. I don't think there's much doubt that the advantages of allowing for early voting also come with caveats. Early voting also allows for some subtle manipulation of the vote. In my state, it was reported that the Obama ground game was far superior to that of Romney and that the success of that ground game has been adopted by the Clinton campaign. That game includes the use of a number of surrogates that can reach out to individual populations such as college students and persons of certain ethnicity whose people tend to not show up at the polls. These people are bused to the early voting facilities upon indicating support for a specific candidate. If they indicate otherwise, they must find their own way.

Now we add that some early voters can have "buyers remorse" and want to change their minds. As mentioned, some states allow for this and one state, reportedly, offers up to three opportunities to vote or change a vote. Something about this whole thing smells fishy. If we allow early voters to change their votes, why not allow anyone a release from their vote right up to inauguration day?

Our voting system has gone the way of our tax system. It's gotten too complicated and open to being challenged. It's done nothing but create more jobs for lawyers. I'm not advocating that we go back completely to the system of one voting day plus absentee balloting but maybe we could shrink the time to one week. As for busing select persons to the polls, that needs to be done away with. There are other ways to ensure that all have the opportunity to vote if they'll just expend a small amount of effort of their own.

Rights do come with responsibilities, do they not?

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I have never done nor supported...

...the concept of early voting. Now we clearly see how early voting can be a mistake to allow in any state. Add to that, the lines at early voting are often longer in Maryland than the ones on voting day, because there are such fewer places to actually do the early voting. \

Just to see, the other day I drove past the one near my home and they were lined up outside the library and down the sidewalk outside. I've NEVER had a line that long where I go on voting day. The only reason I can see is for someone who can't be there on voting day, but if you know that, then get an absentee ballot and send it in a few days before so it's postmarked properly.

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I tried early voting once...but never again

This was the contest between McCain and Obama. As I neared the polling place, it felt more like I was going to some sporting event with enthusiastic "fans" lining the street shouting and carrying signs to show support for their candidate. There are restrictions as to how close these folks must be from the polling place doors but the parking allowed for plenty of space for them to accost voters trying to make their way there. I felt like I was "running the gauntlet". The noisiest and peskiest "fans" were, by far, those supporting Obama. The McCain group stayed by the street, had a table set up with pamphlets, and were quiet and respectful...stark contrast with the other group.

This was a learning experience but not one with which I was pleased. It showed me just how divided we'd gotten in both our objectives and behaviors. I'll go back to voting in our local public school from now on. It's less than a mile so I walk it. At least it's good exercise and I know the walk will be peaceful.

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