Comments: City of St. Louis suing to vote early & vote often for November

We do early voting here in Texas and it is definitely not a negative thing. The polls are opened for limited hours for 1 week prior to the election. If you can make it one of those times, it saves you time and ensures that you have the chance to vote.

Posted by King of Fools at August 3, 2004 03:32 PM

Maybe we should ask the UN what they think.

Posted by Michael Gallaugher at August 3, 2004 04:25 PM

I don't see a partisan angle to this. If the poll-workers were unable to verify voters status then it probably ran across the board and Dems and Reps were out in the cold in proportion to their numbers.

Then again, if the problems exist more in St Louis than in the more rural areas of the State, getting more voters in -- regardless of their individual affilliation -- should be a plus for the Dems.

Posted by Tuning Spork at August 3, 2004 06:12 PM

I seem to recall in 2000 that St. Louis and Philadelphia had the distinction of having more registered voters than citizens of voting age counted in the census.
Assuming this is still true for St. Louis, I could see why they would need a two week window to allow the dead and non-residents time to get to the polls.

Posted by J_Crater at August 3, 2004 10:55 PM

if you don't see the partisan angle, you just don't get st louis politics. of course it's partisan. the city is mostly democratic, and that's where all the problems were in 2000.

Posted by kd at August 4, 2004 01:07 AM

This has been common practice in parts of Iowa for many years. I am actually able to vote in the building where I work, 2-3 days before the election. A definite plus.
It may have partisan implications, but I find it a bit difficult to be opposed to any initiative that increases voter participation.

Posted by wwhawkeye at August 4, 2004 08:51 AM
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