June 11, 2008
Martin's Right, Let's Move Elections to Saturdays
Obviously those who want low turnout won't like it, but we really should vote on a Saturday.
Well, we should probably vote by mail, or have the ability to vote over several days, but if there has to be an "election day", it shouldn't be during what for most is the work week.
Posted by armand at June 11, 2008 10:17 AM
| Posted to Politics
Well, for those who observe the sabbath on Saturday, it would seem necessary at least to hold a second day of elections, or, as you say, to provide a postal option of some kind. Still, though, there's no excuse for Tuesday voting -- or rather, Tuesday voting that lacks a serious government mandate that no one can be penalized at work for voting however long it takes -- that isn't un-democratic. A fact that most other democracies have figured out by now.
Yeah, I know that's a problem, but I assume a mechanism could be found around that. Saturdays just seem like the day when the smallest number would be inconvenienced. Obviously no day will work for everyone - a basic reason why I think vote by mail is better.
Vote by mail would be a nightmare. How can you account for all those ballots? I know I wouldn't trust it either. Isn't the US one of the only advanced industrialized democracies that doesn't vote on the weekend?
yeah, but it's soooo much harder to intimidate disadvantaged voters if you don't make them come to the polls in the first place. :-)
Kikimonster, Oregon - and I think much of Washington - vote by mail already. Counting ballots might take a little longer, but I'd give that up for ensuring that more people have the opportunity to vote.
Why not a week, or something. WV does "early voting" for a couple of weeks. Why not just make it a week for everyone?
Well that would be an improvement as well - though the vote by mail option might still be better depending on the hours and locations involved, plus, importanyly, for those who are housebound.
Voting for a week, or even a few days, will never sell as long as the media are calling the shots.
Why would they care? A lot of places already do that, and the media would still focus their coverage on the end of the last day of voting.