Yesha Callahan

Voting & Getting It Done Early

Election Day is ten days away, and by now you’ve been inundated with ads sponsored by the DNC and RNC. The race for the White House is drawing to a close, but the mud slinging is at an all time high. Everyone has their candidate of choice. But there are those people who are still hell bent on not voting. “What difference does it make?”, is the constant question I see those people asking. For whatever their reason is, I can’t for the life of me understand their rationale. But to each their own.  Usually I’m never the one to say “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain” because it’s your right to air your grievances. But, it doesn’t mean they’re not going to fall on deaf ears.

In this election season, women seem to be on the chopping block. As someone pointed out in the comment section this week,  reproductive rights, rape, abortion, are all issues men don’t have to worry about. But guess who are the ones spearheading them?  But of course there are women, who are fine with these laws. I just don’t happen to be one of them.  Vote and vote early if you can, although I care who people are voting for, because the outcome will affect me, the most important thing is to use your right to cast a ballot on November 6th.

In many states early voting is in effect. Earlier this week President Obama headed to the voting polls in Chicago and did his part. I wonder who he voted for? In an article for Reuters, Ari Melber describes the history of early voting:

“Until recently, of course, elections did occur on a single day. Nine out of 10 people cast their votes on the first Tuesday in November 2000. Now, one out of three Americans vote early, with even higher turnout in the decisive swing states. In 2008, a majority of citizens voted early in 10 states. Those trends continue today. This is a fairly sudden and radical shift in how we pick our president. Early voting shortens the race, locking in voter preferences long before big events, like the debates, are even finished. It also reduces the effects of late-breaking developments, from last-ditch October Surprises to unpredictable incidents, such as the video that Osama bin Laden released days before the 2004 election.”

Top campaign advisers said early-voting returns in several battleground states show Democrats with an edge over Republicans. “We are outperforming our early-vote margins in key states compared to 2008. We’re ahead of where we were against McCain, and more importantly, we’re ahead of Mitt Romney,” said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina on a conference call with reporters. “Romney may be winning more raw votes than McCain did at this time, but look the facts are important here. And the numbers tell a very clear story.” President Obama holds double digit leads with early voters in Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin. He also leads in North Carolina.

If you can vote early, you should vote early. You  never know what could happen before the 6th. The weather isn’t exactly being cooperative over the next few days on the East coast. Imagine if there’s a long term power outage in areas?  All types of scenarios can happen, that may prevent you from participating in Election Day. I know I didn’t press my luck.  This election is bound to be closer than previous ones. The controversy surrounding it probably won’t die down after the election is over, and I’m sure new controversies will arise. It’s a fight to the finish, may the best man win, and hopefully stay the hell out of my reproductive and health rights.

  1. October 27, 2012 - Reply

    My county is giving me the hardest time about absentee voting. I called them and they had the nerve to tell me that although they sent it out, that “maybe it got lost in the mail” and maybe that is why I have not received it yet. So I am waiting on them to send another one.

  2. October 27, 2012 - Reply

    Voting doesn’t seem to ever have been extremely popular. The turnout for presidential elections have been between 55% and 60% of eligible voters since 1972, while elections in non-presidential years have had 40% to 50% turnout amongst eligible voters. I honestly don’t think any more or less people will opt out of voting this year than typical. I just think there’s been more discussion about that group of people this year than in previous years.

    What would be interesting is if the Census put out new registration filings statistics throughout the year (similar to how they report new unemployment claims every week). That would be a good predictor of engagement/turnout for elections.

    Interesting fact: increases in voter turn-out has typically favored Republican presidential candidates. The only time an increase favored Democrats (since 1964) was when Clinton won in 1992.

  3. October 27, 2012 - Reply

    Get out and vote early people. I’ve heard stories today of long lines

  4. October 28, 2012 - Reply

    I absentee voted and am glad for it. Living in Florida I had friends who waited 2 hours for early voting. We have issues we need to protect as women so get out and VOTE!

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