Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Vote Early, If Not Often

I’m glad to see people are taking advantage of the new early voting law. But given the fact that the only place you can vote early here in Sangamon County is at the County Clerk’s office, I’m wondering what the real advantage is. I mean, it’s always been possible to vote absentee if you thought you were not going to be able to make it to the polls on Election Day. I voted absentee once years ago and I don’t remember it being a big hassle other than actually getting my ass into the County Clerk’s office. I’m certainly not opposed to the early voting in any way, but given that convenience, I think, is often a huge factor in who votes, I’m just wondering if it’s going to make a real difference if it’s virtually the same as voting absentee.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Most early voting states set up additional polling places during the early voting period. Hopefully the County Clerk will do that for the general election.

It would also make a difference if the local Democratic Party or some candidates did an early voting Get Out the Vote Drive. I've heard one candidate is encouraging people to vote early but getting the local Democratic Party leadership to do something totally new would be a miracle.