Election 2020

Early Voting: A Terrible Idea Whose Time Is Gone

Early voting was supposed to make exercising the franchise easier for the lame, the halt, the blind, the dumb, the lazy, and the just plain stupid, but all it’s accomplished is to diminish the validity of the electoral process.  Case in point: Arizona.

This Tuesday’s election contest in Arizona could determine whether anyone enters July’s Republican National Convention with the delegate majority needed to clinch the the nomination.

Unfortunately, at least 40,000 Arizona Republicans wasted their votes. And they did so because of a system that is supposed to help them.

As of last Wednesday afternoon, at least a quarter million registered Republicans had already voted in Arizona, taking advantage of the state’s 26-day early voting period. Based on the timeline, this means those 250,000 Arizona Republicans all voted without knowing Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., would no longer be a candidate by election day.

A poll taken last week suggests that 16 percent of Arizona early voters had already cast ballots for Rubio. Assuming this is accurate, it means early voting disenfranchisement has struck again. Arizona’s early voting law has set up the state’s democratic process in a way that lures 40,000 primary voters into picking a candidate who isn’t on the ballot. And they cannot get their votes back. That 40,000 could easily be smaller than the difference in Tuesday’s winner-take-all race.

Precisely. To make every vote count, every vote should be made on the same day, within the same time frame, operating with the same information available to every other citizen. The Left, however, cannot live with this, and routinely rushes to court to enlarge the window in order to bribe or bus their dependent constituencies to the polls. The Republicans should be a stop to it, but of course they won’t.

Wouldn’t be “democratic,” don’t you know.