The Case Against One-Day Voting
With an estimated one out of three Americans casting ballots before Election Day this year, it may be time to rethink the tradition of having tens of millions of voters swamp polling places on a Tuesday in November. Why just one day? Why not two, three or even a week?
The advantages of converting to an Election Week are many and obvious:
*With the uncertainties of electronic gadgetry, a longer period would reduce not only endless lines and voter frustration but allow more time to resolve registration challenges and to count and, if necessary, recount ballots;
*Races would not be decided by bad weather conditions that sometimes make it difficult for the aged and the infirm to get to polls;
*The self-employed and others who find it hard to take working time off would have the choice of voting on a Saturday;
*The process would not be so dependent on aggressive get-out-the-vote tactics by political parties.