.....that everyone should get the same amount of time to vote. The people who tried to change the rules knew that the change would benefit one party.
but I'd be just as happy to end the battle by halting voting on the Friday for all and allowing that to be challenged in its own right if anyone was displeased. I'd also suggest that, if such could affect one candidate or another, we might do well to find out why and fix that rather than squabbling over 3 days that election officials would like to have to make sure the general election is well prepared for. That, too, is important. I'm looking for another solution here that would be fair to all who have difficulty getting to the polls. Active duty military have a valid excuse. What's with the rest of us?
We had it in Texas and it was very convenient. People used to get the day off on Election Day if it was a presidential election; those days are long gone. Some people are simply unable to get to a polling place on the actual day due to work or personal conflicts. If those people had another option, or a fraud-proof way to vote online, that would help turnouts a lot.
and many might not want to lose the pay, particularly depending on if their polling place was inline with work and home or opposite from work direction.
Many probably could be late enough or leave early enough for voting if they wanted to do so.
The problem is some jobs can't and some won't allow it and the lack of pay for others that can get off.
I'm not sure how long it will be, but online security has way too far to go for voting IMO. Heck, it probably isnt secure enough for the things I use it for, but I take the risk for the convenience.
This is all "politics" as they tweek away to secure some advantage. You see that when they redo districts from time to time. It doesn't matter which side does it, sooner or later they do it. it's not like updating the law or service for the overall betterment of the public, that's for sure.
Sometimes, I read all those horror stories after the elections of missing votes or mis-directed ballot boxes of votes, etc., get lost or dumped, etc. when record keeping still has to be done long after the vote. Sometimes that's not found out so soon unless challenges are made, etc. to verify this or that. As the military, as long as they are informed and ballots provided for those away, it shouldn't make a difference. But, sometimes I wonder if these too get "lost" on their way. In person military need attention should be given extra attention just to be sure they're not left out. i do agree that 35 days seem adequate IHO, after all they're the spearhead of our freedoms. -----Willy
Yes absentee ballots are done but none of the local or state issues are voted on. That's the way i remember it or what was provided. I do see the complexities of having all state and local issue ballots having to be provided on base. But, I also believe you can request those by mail and then return them to your local district. But, i recall in some cases where changes had been made yet some absentee ballots were already sent out before the changes, etc.. -----Willy
I find it difficult to be sympathetic to people who've never worked and never even considered voting until someone registered them and drove them to and from the polls. There are certainly the legitimate hardship cases...that being the elderly and/or immobile that should be provided with assistance but lately there's been a move not unlike the branding and rounding up of cattle to get them to market on time. Those that don't care enough to make their own effort to participate in government should be allowed to live that way if they desire. Insensitive? Maybe.