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And America Is Off To Cast Their Ballot

September 21, 2016

Bloomberg reports.

Election Day starts this week. Beginning on Sept. 23, any Minnesotan can go to a local election office and complete an absentee ballot. The following Thursday, voters in neighboring Iowa have the same opportunity. Between Oct. 20-24, North Carolina, Nevada, and Florida get in the game. In Colorado, the entire election will be conducted by mail ballot. By the constitutionally mandated first Tuesday after a Monday in November, more than one-third of Americans will have already voted for president.

There are still battleground states that make no provision for early voting—Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Hampshire stand out for their old-fashioned ways—but in those that do it has created a new kind of electoral arms race. Early voting is a particular gift to well-organized, well-funded campaigns, which can extend their turnout operations across as long as six weeks, locking down precise factions of the electorate in domino-like fashion, and sequence their persuasion efforts with a clear view of who has yet to vote.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. pattilynn9 permalink
    September 22, 2016 7:17 AM

    Yesterday we mailed in our requests for absentee mail-in ballots.

  2. Solly permalink
    September 21, 2016 7:14 PM

    Madison is starting next week too. http://www.cityofmadison.com/election/documents/InPersonAbsenteeVotingLocations.pdf

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