By Matt Knipple
I decided to concentrate my most recent blog on voting, in particular early voting. After going out and performing exit polls on the many people that showed up it got me thinking about the rest of the states and how popular or unpopular early voting is. To my surprise, as pointed out by this CNN article, early voting isn’t even in every state and in some states that it does occur in, you must have a valid reason to not show up to the polls and may have to get signatures from notaries and so on to prove you cannot make the election date to vote. Here is a video showing people lining up to register and cast an absentee ballot in Ohio. It was contested by Republicans saying that people may be performing voter fraud:
In my opinion early voting should be mandated in all the states in America. I feel as if people were able to cast mail-in ballots and go to the polls throughout the week prior to actual election day, there would be a much higher turnout at the polls and more people would be encouraged to vote.
If you click on this link, it takes you to an interactive map of all the states that have early polls and all that do not. To my surprise, only 25 states have early polling with data available, six states have early polling with no data available, and the rest of the states do not have early polling. In Colorado, early voting data shows, as of October 31, that 365,054 in-person ballots have been cast and 1,112,782 mail-in ballots have been cast. That means a total of 1,477,836 have voted so far, which is roughly 30% of Colorado’s entire population, which also means an even higher percentage of actual voters have turned out since the entire population of Colorado will not and cannot vote.
Here is another video talking about the early voting going on in Ohio (you may have to watch a commercial at the beginning that sponsor’s the video, sorry).
After watching these videos and reading the article, it amazes me why some states do not have early voting. It seems like it would benefit all of the states and the United States as a whole, to have early voting to get more people out. In states like New York, it would really benefit them as they have a huge, dense population that it seems pretty unrealistic to get all of those people out to vote on one day. It would be much more efficient to have early voting and it would give America a clearer answer as to who people wanted as a President because more people, in my opinion, would be inclined to vote.