During the 2008 Republican Primary, my mother cast her lot by absentee ballot. She believed the hype that it was a good way to avoid the possible long lines at the precinct on election day.
And then it happened! A week before the actual day of the primary, the candidate for whom she had already voted dropped out of the race. “I wasted my vote,” my mother said. This is one of the problems with early voting.
Hopefully, you can see where I am going with this. Those who support Hillary never see themselves voting for Trump and vice versa.
In short, voters have had more than a year to inform themselves about the candidates, and surely have already made up their minds.
But a glaring major defect with early voting is rarely discussed. For example, what if a Hillary Clinton supporter, days before the election, finds out that Hillary lied about the illegal server in her basement? What if it is revealed that she peddled her influence as Secretary of State or actually had people murdered who were in her way?
What if we found out Donald Trump was a Martian or that he liked to run around in his backyard at midnight wearing a toga howling at the moon?
If you didn’t see the problem before, hopefully, you are getting it now. If the reopening of the investigation into Clinton’s email server bears fruit of pay for play or compromised national security and you’ve already voted for her can you change your vote? Can you retrieve your ballot?
That mentioned above is just one problem.
Another issue which most have not considered with early voting is the fact that it is has brought more money into the cost of political campaigns; something most American’s lament. More money means more control of the candidates by special interest groups.
Most political candidates and campaigns spend the bulk of their money in the last few days before election day on direct mail, advertising, phone banking, and get-out-the-vote efforts. With early voting, such expenses will stretch over a much longer period, resulting in more expensive campaigns.
But back to the question at hand. If you already voted and recent developments force you to conclude that the candidate for whom you’ve voted is not fit to be the Commander and Chief, is there anything you can do about it?
Fox News Reporter Trace Gallagher reported that a few states allow you to change your vote after the fact. Mr. Gallagher’s report is posted below.
It must be noted that there are some who dispute the report as containing some error. If you already voted and wanted to change your vote, you will need to contact your local supervisor of elections to see if there is a process in place.
On the other hand, I believe the best way to handle the election, especially for those who cannot make it to the poles on a specific day, is to change from a single day of voting to a two-day event — Friday and Saturday.
What say you?