When I went to vote, I was confronted with this petitioner at my polling precinct. A percentage of people will sign petitions just because they are being amenable and can’t think of a reason not to do so.
I didn’t sign his petition, but I did take his picture. The point is that some people will vote “yes” for whatever is on the ballot just because they figure if someone wants it bad enough to ask, they might as well just give it to him.
The greatest harm caused by early voting is that a percentage of voters will be pressured to vote for a person or a law whom they might otherwise not choose. When people show up to vote without knowledge of what they are doing or without enough self-motivation to go without prodding, you can be sure that others outside the system are manipulating the process. In some states that have early voting, organizations have loaded up buses to transport people from their work places to go vote. Many of these are voting under compulsion and would otherwise lack the intrinsic motivation to exert the effort.
On your November ballot, you will see a question of whether we should have early voting. At first glance, most will think this is a matter of convenience, but it is far more devious than that. It has the potential to destroy the honor of our system and will allow the winning side to be determined by who can bus-in and arm-twist the most uninformed voters.
This week marks the official end of the legislative term with a super majority in both the House and Senate. I was elected when we were in the majority, but never a super majority. A super majority means that with 2/3 of the officeholders in each chamber are Republicans. They have enough votes to override a veto from the Governor. You would think with an overwhelming majority of Republicans, they would act like they owned the place. How did that help those who consider themselves to be conservative? Not so well.
While reading about some of their accomplishments, I couldn’t help but feel like it was a great victory for the Democrats. Since I was in office, the Democrats wanted to have early voting because early voting makes it easier to manipulate the system. The Republicans were opposed to early voting because it invites fraud, bullying and wastes taxpayer dollars for no apparent reason. In addition to this, it has not proven to increase voter participation, which is its only selling point. Yet, this session, the Republicans voted to give this legislative victory to the Democrats.