Three strikes for early voting


Just days after Tuesday’s Presidential Primary Election, voting is still much on the minds of the populace. I know, some of you early-voted the previous week because who votes on Election Day anymore, right?

I do.

Voting on the actual day of the election is just a weird personal preference I have. Don’t judge me. I’m not saying everyone has to do it.

But allow me to be the first to congratulate those of you who early voted for Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigeig and Amy Klobuchar last week because voting on Election Day would have been such a terrible hardship. Your candidates dropped out of the race before your vote was even tallied. You wasted your vote and I couldn’t be happier.

I, on the other hand, voted on Election Day, so my vote actually counted.

Election Day voting is such a quaint concept, isn’t it?

Early voting is just one front in an overall “election reform” scheme to change the way that Americans vote and, more importantly, alter the outcome of elections. I’m not supposed to assume other people’s motives, but there’s a reason that early voting was the first “reform” that was enacted.

Early voting is utterly unnecessary but of all the so-called “election reforms,” it’s probably the least problematic (unless you happen to be a Steyer, Buttigieg or Klobuchar voter).

So, early voting was rolled out first in order to to soften people up for what’s to come. Advocates can now point to the “success” of early voting to try and sell you on the more insidious changes, like Election Day registration, lowering the voting age to 16 and ranked-choice voting.

“Hey, man, early voting has worked out well hasn’t it? You like it, right? Well, we’ve got more ideas that you’re really gonna love!”

Take Election Day registration, also known as same-day registration. This idea came out of the community organizer community. You have no idea what a drag it is driving around in a minivan on Election Day looking for people willing to cast a vote in exchange for a cup of coffee or a sandwich, only to find that most of them aren’t even registered.

Same-day registration solves this. Not registered? No problem! Hop in. You can register at the polling place before you vote. Cream and sugar?

I’m pretty sure Tom Steyer, Mayor Pete and Amy Klobuchar were big supporters of early voting and all the other needless election “reforms.”

How’d that work out for their voters?

[This column originally appeared in the March 5, 2020 Wakefield Daily Item.]

2 Responses to “Three strikes for early voting”

  1. 1 Carole

    I totally agree with you.

  2. 2 DONNA

    I agree with you too , Mark. I personally like to vote early . It”s easier and less complicated since the voting locations were changed. Hhmm I am not devious so I’m glad you explained the ulterior motives behind the changes. It’s so sad that certain groups need to be sleazy in order to get more votes. Most 16 year olds haven’t experienced enough of life to be able to weigh the goods and bads of what is being said in all these “speeches”.
    No explaining HOW these changes they speak of are going to be paid for and who may lose a freedom or some help that is REALLY needed for some of our American citizens. The free ride and coffee “bribery” for a vote ,by someone who may not even be a legal American is unfair too. it’s so sad.

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