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I'm far from an idiot. As a young college student I knew enough to cast an absentee ballot. And, while there is early voting (particularly in more recent years) I typically vote on election day. I experienced VERY few lines in which I've waited longer than 10 minutes... probably because so many "intelligent" folks line up to vote early.
Did I call you an idiot? I voted early to show support. If we had more early voting, there would be more voting opportunities. Then it wouldn't take so long.
Where did "early voting" ever come about? Article II of the Constitution calls for Congress to designate a national election day? Why did that have to be changed? Why not have, then, a three month early voting? What's the logic behind early voting (aside from requesting absentee ballots)? If the wait is too long, then open more voting booths on election day. Voting early is your choice under today's laws, yet voting early gives you no recourse should circumstances change in the ensuing week or so till election day. And yes, by inference, you called me, along with many others, an idiot. As you mature, you'll come to realize those opposite you aren't necessarily an idiot (no more so than some of the folks on your side of the aisle). Intelligent, reasonable people can and will disagree on not only goals, but the means by which they're reached.
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The only people he was calling idiots where those who think that the current NC legislature wants more people to vote... They do not... And if a political party wants fewer people to vote, their ideas suck.
Here here for Anonymous 10/23/14 @ 8:52! And for one-day voting! Voting is complicated and sophisticated there are issues and offices, and it takes someone willing to grapple with the issues of the day process it all. You can vote and not process it all, or you can take the time and do the research and vote intelligently. I will say that the absolute worst thing that the old guard LAWYER legislature did was to make the judicial races 'non-partisan'. We can thank Ronaldus Magnus for that; his coattails took out way too many Democrat partisan judicial hacks! Those were the days...Now if you wanted to vote straight ticket I am sure it was a pain. I congratulate you for voting...
I love how Anon calls me immature for calling a spade a spade. The legislature does want to restrict the right to vote. Looking at the restrictions. If they cared about fraud, they would have addressed absentee ballots. The legislation was illconceived, illogical legislation codified by ignorant white men.
Michael, I haven't voted yet. What did you find to be more cumbersome this year than in past elections?
Because there are less early voting places; the hours are bad; the days are bad (no weekend voting); and there are less early voting days.