Hillary Clinton will call for at least 20 days of early voting in all U.S. states in a speech in Texas on Thursday, her campaign said.
Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, will criticize restrictive voting laws passed in some states, and argue that expanding the early voting period would make it easier for working Americans to cast their ballots, the campaign said.
In whatever universe the Democrats are inhabiting, the two most difficult things to do seem to be getting an ID or reading a calendar to plan for 30 minutes at the polls. While I don’t think it helps much to immediately dismiss people on the other side of the political aisle as stupid, the Democrats keep asking us to treat them that way.
The notion that current early voting laws are “restrictive” is laughable. When I was first eligible to vote, one had to order an absentee ballot with enough time to receive it and get it back to the county registrar by election day if one couldn’t get to the polls. If you were out of the city for the entire process, all of this was at the mercy of the U.S. Postal Service.
This is all arbitrary, of course. A couple of extra days of early voting are more than sufficient — there is no rational reason that ten is better than five or twenty is better than ten. Once they’ve gotten it to twenty, you’ll hear them clamoring for thirty.
“Working Americans” managed to figure out a way to vote on election DAY for a very long time.
I could speculate about why they really want more time to get people who aren’t required to show ID to polling places, but that’s a story that pretty much tells itself.