Publicado el 09-25-2012
Convenience and Risks
of Early Voting
For several years now some states of the Union, thirty two to be exact, have allowed early voting to make it easier for the voters to cast their vote. Many others allow voting by mail with what is known as absentee ballot, a system adopted to allow those who planned to be traveling on Election Day or unable to go to the polls in person due to a medical condition to vote. However, nowadays twenty-nine states authorize voting with an absentee ballot without any excuse and in Oregon everyone votes by mail.
This system is convenient for many, but it also could be detrimental for the final outcome of the election, particularly if it begins more than fifteen days prior to the election, since many voters will cast their votes without properly studying the pros and cons of each candidate, especially the presidential candidates.
On October 3rd. will be the first of three presidential debates with the candidates of the Democratic and the Republican Parties, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and it is possible that by then some states have already begun early voting and the voters have voted without even watching one debate to have a better idea about the candidates’ characteristics and what they propose to do.
The United States of America is still in an economic crisis that will take some years to be solved, public debt continues to grow and is almost at sixteen trillion, and unemployment continues to be high. All experts agree that a way must be found for the federal revenues to increase and the expenditures to decrease, something difficult to achieve when there is still a costly war in the Middle East.
The Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have said in their campaign speeches throughout the country something about their plans to get the country out of this crisis, but they have not said enough. Much more will be known after the debates.
That is why it is advisable that the voters wait to cast their votes until after they have the basic facts to be able to decide which of the candidates would be the best, or the least bad, for the country. It is a question of thinking about the best interests of the nation and not about partisan interests. The electoral process must be taken seriously.