Why Early Voting Needs to be BANNED
OK, I'm convinced. I used to think conservatives wanted to ban early voting because only the wrong people were benefiting from extended voting hours. You know, those lowly working stiffs who might have trouble getting away from the workplace; the elderly, low-income, dark-skinned, etc.
But now law professor Eugene Kontorovich has shown us the light. The real benefit of cracking down on early voting is that warm fuzzy patriotic feeling we get when we're all crammed simultaneously into the polling place with our neighbors on that one special day. Or something. Here, I'll let Professor Kontorovich explain it:
“A single Election Day creates a focal point that gives solemnity and relevance to the state of popular opinion at a particular moment in time; on a single day, we all have to come down on one side or the other. But if the word 'election' comes to mean casting votes over a period of months, it will elide the difference between elections and polls. People will be able to vote when the mood strikes them — after seeing an inflammatory ad, for example.
Voting then becomes an incoherent summing of how various individuals feel at a series of moments, not how the nation feels at a particular moment. This weakens civic cohesiveness, and it threatens to substitute raw preferences and momentary opinion for rational deliberation.”
Doesn't that just tug on the ol' heart strings? When you were reading those two stirring paragraphs, you probably heard our National Anthem while visualizing Old Glory waving in the breeze.
And in this same spirit, we also need to crack down on all absentee ballots. Oh, you're fighting and getting shot at in Afghanistan? Sorry; if you can't be bothered to come back to your own country on the first Tuesday in November and take part in this sacred ritual with your Fellow Americans, then you really don't care, do you.