By John C. Fortier

American citizens as soon as accrued at the first Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November to choose the nation's leaders. Election Day used to be an afternoon of civic engagement while acquaintances met on the polls after which solid their ballots. some time past twenty-five years, in spite of the fact that, the US has gone through a revolution in balloting in contrast to something it has skilled within the first 2 hundred years of its background. we now have created a method of many mini-election-days prime as much as the most event.

Today approximately 1 / 4 of usa citizens vote sooner than Election Day, both by means of absentee poll or at early balloting areas. In 1980, just one in twenty electorate voted earlier than Election Day. What has occurred? Has the benefit of absentee or early balloting compromised the integrity of the method and weakened a unifying civic experience?

In Absentee and Early balloting: traits, grants, and Perils, John Fortier records the dramatic bring up in absentee balloting and, extra lately, the meteoric upward thrust in early balloting. He examines the felony and historic purposes for adjustments within the balloting process and the various changes throughout states. Fortier bargains his concepts approximately what the alterations have intended for the rustic and the place we should always cross from the following.

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When Voters Cast Their Ballots in 2004 The National Election Study (NES) asks its respondents whether they voted on election day or before, and of those who voted before, it asks how far in advance they did so. 1 percent voted more than two weeks prior. 5 percent more than two weeks before election day (see table 2-6). Most early voting occurs in the week before the election. In 1996, about 62 percent of pre-election day voting took place in that week; in 2000 the figure was 61 percent, and in 2004 it was 57 percent.

1 percent of the electorate. One possible reason this last number has risen is an increase in opportunity to vote more than two weeks in advance of the election. Absentee voting and voting by mail allow citizens to cast ballots even earlier than they could in most in-person early-voting locations. To comply with federal law regarding overseas and military voters, ballots must be ready to be sent out forty-five days before an election. Most states allow absentee ballots to be cast well before two weeks prior to the election; Oregon mails ballots out to all voters six weeks prior.

4% SOURCE: Author’s calculations. When Voters Cast Their Ballots in 2004 The National Election Study (NES) asks its respondents whether they voted on election day or before, and of those who voted before, it asks how far in advance they did so. 1 percent voted more than two weeks prior. 5 percent more than two weeks before election day (see table 2-6). Most early voting occurs in the week before the election. In 1996, about 62 percent of pre-election day voting took place in that week; in 2000 the figure was 61 percent, and in 2004 it was 57 percent.

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