Early voting: The process has begun for 2012


The controversies over early voting, voting fraud and voting eligibility (for the most part) remind us that there are few national standards or rules for voting procedures. Voting has historically been the responsibility of the states, and it is one that states have jealously guarded.

The tradition of state control was one that suffragists had to overcome to get the Nineteenth Amendment (giving women the right to vote) ratified in 1920, and it was not easily done.

Today, getting states to move one way or the other on voting is still filled with political pitfalls.

The Washington Post has a good article by Bill Turque on early voting with these take-aways:

  • “In North Carolina, nearly 3,000 ballots already have been returned by mail. On Friday, voters in South Dakota and Idaho began casting ballots in person.”
  • “Early votes are expected to make up the majority of ballots cast in battlegrounds such as Florida, North Carolina, Nevada and Colorado, where as many as 80 percent of all voters may be early. “
  • “The volume of pre-Election Day activity is expected to surpass 2008, when about 33 percent of 131 million votes cast in the presidential contest were early. That is nearly double the 15 percent who voted early in 2000.”

 

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