Sunday, October 02, 2005

Vote Early (vote often at your own risk)

A few weeks ago, I commented that I didn't think that either the public or the media paid sufficient attention the the comprehensive changes to the election laws that we passed last session.

According to the Daily Herald, I think people are starting to understand the logistical issues that are going to be created as a result of the new measures, specifically the early voting provisions.

As I said before, I support the provisions, but I think that people better start preparing now for the problems and challenges that are sure to arise.


At October 2, 2005 at 6:47 PM, Blogger respectful said...

I wonder if John can concieve of any possible abuse of the early voting provision?

At October 2, 2005 at 7:46 PM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

Probably. But I'm not sure that it's any more or less susceptible to abuse than is absentee voting.

At October 3, 2005 at 11:16 AM, Blogger The Houston Curmudgeon said...

For whatever it's worth, Texas instituted early voting several years ago. There have been minimal problems and no scent of a scandal or abuse. Even those voting from the graveyard have not increased significantly in numbers.
From a personal point of view, I love it. You have a three week window wherein you can vote at your leisure.

At October 3, 2005 at 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's pretty much my view on the issue as well. It takes away an excuse for people not to vote. Now they just need to make sure to advertise it to the public.

At October 4, 2005 at 11:33 PM, Blogger respectful said...

In suburban Cook County, there will be just 6 locations for early voting. Not exactly the most convenient unless you happen to live or work near a district courthouse.

At October 11, 2005 at 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just can't figure out why people think the current system of voting is complicated?

The rules changes passed in the Spring Session were obviously tilted to one party. No wonder voters are cynical and stay home.

We can diagnose why turnout is so low, but when will politicians understand that their reputation (as a whole) has more to do with low turnout than any rules obstruction.

Return some faith to the voters, cut some of the reasons for our apathy, and maybe more voters will show up.

As for "early voting", I say move Election Day to a holiday or a weekend. Thirty days of early voting does create more opportunity for fraud.

Say what you want, but there's more evidence of voter fraud in Illinois than there is evidence of the need to "open" polling further.

This bill was a step back, not a step forward.


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