...except for convenience We are seeing these long lines at the polls for early voting and the whole thing is an exercise in futility and a potential distortion of the process. First rather than speeding the process, early voting will actually slow counting on election day and delay the American publics’ knowing the winner. The reason is, all those early voter’s votes are being recorded on paper ballots and will not be added to the count until AFTER THE POLLS CLOSE on Tuesday. Only then are the votes counted in some way. At that time the voters name will be marked off the voting record as having voted. Early voting will slow our knowing the final vote tally. Furthermore deception and false anticipation is being built into the process because there is no way pollsters can know how those early voters voted other than asking in “exit polls” which is not practical early in the early voting period; only when the lines get longer right at the end of the early voting period will that work. Therefore, up to now, or at least the last couples of days, the pollsters have been limited to just getting the raw number of voters from each precinct, and then assume those early votes represented the demographic of each of those precincts from past voting history. Early voting information not a real early vote count at all; just an assumption (or assumptions) based on precinct R & D makeup.