Early voting as a misleading indicator and waste of time

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  1. American Horse
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    ...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.
     
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    Voting is an assumption? For the working class in America, those who cook, clean, watch, build and do the tasks the rest of us benefit from, early voting is a way to have your say in a democracy. It is easy to understand why the privileged and entitled in America don't like it, it interferes with their greed and excessive consumption by giving the bottom a voice.

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    So, longer lines on voting day make more sense? I know someone who cannot walk or stand for long periods. Should that person rent a wheelchair? Or just stay home.

    What about those who cannot get to their polling place on that day? Are you saying they should not be able to vote? Did you know that voting day used to be a national holiday?

    You say early voters votes are not counted until after the polls close. Since that's when they would be counted if they had waited in line on voting days, what's the difference?

    The op just really doesn't matter because every citizen has the right to vote.
     
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    Actually Luddly, the lines are so long in early voting because making the vote takes a lot longer on paper than by machine. It's a paper ballot and a small square is placed by each name which has to be marked, but not outside the line.

    There are security procedures that have to be followed to secure the ballot once it's marked. It has to be placed in a secure envelope and marked by the voter that it is their vote.

    The maching is much faster than the paper ballot. Then, as I said above, the ballot has to be carefully attested to, then placed in a "ballot box" so that none of them get lost.

    I can tell you that I, having voted in every election, general or primary, since 1964, for the small number of voters who were present in the polling place, have never seen it go so slowly, nor have spent so much time there.

    I believe that lines move more than twice (or more) as fast with machines on election day than in early voting.

    EDIT: And luddly my first line in the op was "except for convenience"
     
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    MC you must know that my intent was not to say that voting is an assumption, but that I said "voting information" for the purpose of using early voting as a substitute for polling or for exit polling which we have been hearing about for days now. Was I that unclear? If so, I'll try to be clearer.
     
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    Even if one were to agree with the OP as to the possible ‘drawbacks’ of early voting, we should all agree allowing more citizens to vote far outweighs any alleged drawbacks.

    Early voting also addresses the problems manifested by the anachronism of the ‘first Tuesday of November,’ where the Framers could never have envisioned the modern work week.
     
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    Good points Clayton; but I don't believe that voting was less enjoyed because of the regular work week back in the 20th century.

    Voters could always vote absentee by asking for a ballot. They could also vote early in the day, or for the early working people they could vote late before they close. That was always my practice

    It seems to me the benefits of early voting go to the candidates more than to the voters because the candidates don't have nearly as many folks to worry about getting to the polls on election day; they've already been there, so there are fewer which haven't.
     
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    The voters lose the advantage of the late developing issues or errors on the part of the candidate to take into account in their vote; another benefit to the candidates.
     
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    I walked right in and voted without any line.
     
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    And that has to be the most common, but on TV we are seeing long lines for early voting.
     

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