Sunday, November 5th, 2006
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R – CA 52nd) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R – CA 49th): “You want to increase voter awareness”
In this epic segment, the Road Team kicks it all telejournalist in San Diego, speaking to Congressman Duncan Hunter (who’s considering-slash-preparing announcing a 2008 Presidential bid) and Congressman Darrell Issa at a fundraiser for the former. Both had some interesting points to make: Representative Hunter feels the issue is that people aren’t inspired, rather than that the day makes it difficult. And Representative Issa brought up an interesting point about multi-day voting and how it’s used to good effect in many countries.
In fact, a number of states already offer multi-day voting here in the U.S., either in the form of no-excuse absentee balloting (by mail) or no-excuse in-person absentee balloting (early voting). Some people- like Congressman Issa- do think universalizing this practice would appreciably increase turnout. Another solution to consider as we continue bringing together every serious election reform proposal we run across.