Voting: Who For, and How?
Monday, February 4th, 2008
PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA — With the onset of Super Tuesday, the Press has started reporting on Barack Obama’s ability to mobilize new, youth and Independent voters, the other candidates’ advantages among established, older voters, and Hillary Clinton’s advantage among Hispanic and female voters. This week’s issue of TIME Magazine reports that Obama’s campaign tactics are more effective in states with forward-thinking election law. Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada have Same-Day Registration. Florida has early voting, but the DNC has stripped the Sunshine State’s democrats of their delegates, Republicans were able to keep half of theirs.
The voting process and election law, specific to each state, play a large role the outcomes of elections. In another article about Obama, Michael Chabon of the Washington Post, says fear may prevent Americans from nominating the best the candidate for the job in the secrecy of the voting booth. However, timing and the way in which we cast our ballots determine which subset of voters is disenfranchised and who they are more likely to vote for, especially since most states have strict registration deadlines and election laws.
When our very own Jacob Soboroff caught up with Senator Obama in Iowa, he knowingly said Same-Day Registration and Early Voting –- among other measures — could help increase participation. Hillary Clinton taped her own response to the Why Tuesday? Candidate Challenge in which she calls for comprehensive election reform. Her election reform platform is largely based on her Count Every Vote Act.