Federal law provides that voting in federal elections take place in even years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, known as “Election Day.” Just as no member of a jury should vote on guilt or innocence until all the evidence has been presented at a trial, voters should not cast their ballots before political campaigns are over. The U.S. Constitution requires that the delegates to the Electoral College cast their ballots for President on the same day. Many states continue to adhere to the tradition of Election Day being on one day in November, not spread out over the ridiculous 35 days that resulted in a political circus in Ohio in 2012.
The integrity of elections is just as important as the universally accepted rules for jury trials, where jurors are asked to keep their minds open and withhold judgment until after closing arguments. Spreading out voting over an extended period of a month or more makes it impractical for poll watchers to monitor the voting for fraud. We all need to be more vigilant than ever to maintain the integrity of the American election process.
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