A Matter Of Opinion

Early birds

The S-R's Jim Camden is reporting that 40,000 voters have already submitted their ballots in all-mail Spokane County. Another 9,500 absentees have already been marked and delivered in Kootenai County.
I'm unrepentently old-fashioned and would prefer to see everyone trudging to the neighborhood polling place throughout the day on Nov. 4. Those days are gone, though.
But I wonder how long it will be before a bombshell explodes in the week before an election and thousands of voters find themselves wanting to change their minds.
Sure, a bombshell can explode right after the election, too, and voters will be angry and frustrated that they didn't know sooner.
But there's something fundamentally different between that situation and one in which the troublesome ballot hasn't been counted yet and won't be for a few more days and all you can do is sit by and watch the train wreck.
I'm curious to hear from anyone on this issue, but especially people who routinely vote as early as possible.
Note that in Idaho and several other states, early voting is now an option and thy're already reporting irregularities at the polling places.




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