January 29, 2014

EUGENE KONTOROVICH & JOHN MCGINNIS: The Case Against Early Voting. “For all its conveniences, early voting threatens the basic nature of citizen choice in democratic, republican government. In elections, candidates make competing appeals to the people and provide them with the information necessary to be able to make a choice. Citizens also engage with one another, debating and deliberating about the best options for the country. Especially in an age of so many nonpolitical distractions, it is important to preserve the space of a general election campaign — from the early kickoff rallies to the last debates in October — to allow voters to think through, together, the serious issues that face the nation. The integrity of that space is broken when some citizens cast their ballots as early as 46 days before the election.”