Early voting: Hardly healthy


First Posted: 10/21/2014

OCT. 21, 2014 — Early voting is underway over a large swath of the United States in advance of the Nov. 4 election. But whether it’s prudent or even constitutional are two very large questions.

As National Review’sJohn Fund notes, about 2 million people already have voted. Only about a third of eligible voters in Florida will cast their ballots on Election Day, he says. People in 35 states can vote early without having to give an excuse for missing Election Day and half the states allow no-excuse absentee-ballot voting by mail, Mr. Fund adds.

“We should listen to what cautionary voices are telling us before we redefine ourselves as a nation of convenience voters and abandon one of the only remaining occasions on which Americans come together as a nation to perform a collective civic duty,” he says.

But Fund says a single election day isn’t merely “a tradition” but part of Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution, which mandates presidential elections be on the same single day throughout the United States. And he argues that early voting costs everybody more money, further serves to protect incumbents, increases the potential for fraud and leads to uninformed balloting before all the facts are in.

And that’s hardly healthy for a nation that depends on the franchise for its warrant to operate.