Here in Maryland, we have a "straight ticket" option on the ballot...no thinking required. You click it on the machine and all Democrats/Republicans are filled in on the ballot. You can outlaw that, make people look at each voter instead of blindly voting for a party. Why are you assuming I didn't do my research before entering the voting booth? I certainly did. But sometimes there's a very long list of offices and referenda, and most of us experience worsening memory with age. BTW straight ticket voting doesn't cover everything--usually half or so of the offices/referenda. One has, at the least, to study and form an opinion about those.As for early voting, I hate it. How nice for you. I love it. I was out of town for the last two November elections and that's likely to continue for the foreseeable future as there's an out of town event we go to with friends in another state.I don;t know anyone who abuses the privilege of early voting. In my state, you need to check off the reason and sign it (reasons include, have to work that day, will be out of town, perhaps have medical care scheduled, I forget.).I didn't like that some states had early voting available before the first debate even took place. I see. States' rights goes out the window when conservatives don't like the result ;-)It's called "Election Day" not "Election Week". I see: no progress, nohow. Thanks for making conservative philosophy crystal clear.Although I do favor making election day a weekend so there are no excuses.Since I am out of town for a week, that would not help me. Nor would it help many people who work weekends. Someone exhausted from working on their feet all day should then wait on a long line (on the feet!) because they can only vote late in the day? How thoughtful you are!BTW, when I was on line to vote early, I chatted with the people around me. A mix of professionals/business owners/salesmen for whom election day was an inconvenient time to be away from work, to shift workers, and people who would be out of town, whether for business or pleasure. It looked like a cross-section of my voting district. I talked with one disabled lady there with her son, who would be unavailable to take her to vote on election day because of his job. But there were more disabled people at the city office to vote early than I ever saw at the voting booth on election day. Early voting enables people with handicaps to vote at all!
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