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USA Today checks out early voting

Monday, December 24th, 2007

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USA Today takes a look at early voting today. Reporter Martha T. Moore’s explores how campaign tactics change in states where folks have the ability to cast a ballot before Election Day. As we’ve discussed here before, you’ve got that option in 35 of our states. In the other 15 states, it’s Tuesday or bust. That’s why we ask: why Tuesday?

Moore also highlights what some perceive as problems with early voting:

The month-long period allowed for absentee voting in many states has the potential to create a less-informed electorate, says John Fortier, an early voting expert at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank. Early voters can miss significant events: A last-minute barrage of negative advertising or a standout debate performance could cause early voters to regret their choice. The practice also weakens the status of Election Day as a date of “civic significance,” he says.

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