There is a wide variety in how much early voting states allow. States that limit early voting, such as Missouri, Pennsylvania and New York, benefited from strong conservative gains in the 2010 elections. On the other hand, in states with widespread early voting, such as California, Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon, liberals won by bigger margins than expected. Studies have found that allowing early voting can change the outcome of the election. One candidate described how he met a woman on the campaign trail who had voted early for his opponent. She declared, "Oh dear, I think I made a mistake."
Article II of the U.S.Constitution expressly requires that the Electoral College vote for President be on "the same [day] throughout the United States." That's a good model for all our elections. Our national election should observe the same rule. Early voting is not better even though some people find it convenient. Would anyone like to miss a plane or bus because it left earlier than its scheduled departure? Of course not. Likewise, unless there is a good reason, states should not allow early voting at the expense of our national tradition of Election Day.
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