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  •  My guess is that early voting can't be at all (12+ / 0-)

    locations where regular voting occurs-my polling place is the local high school and that would mean either closing schools for two weeks or allowing early voting only after school hours.

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    by marleycat on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:45:32 AM PST

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    •  That's exactly my concern (13+ / 0-)

      Would it be left to each state/county to determine how many early voting locations to establish?

      •  In California we have early voting (17+ / 0-)

        at the Registrar's office, which works well enough in small counties, but is very difficult in big counties like L.A. and Alameda.   Some counties augment the registrar's office with library and city hall sites. Use of the libraries should be uniform across the U.S., in my opinion.  Something like, when they are open you can vote there.

        I'd suggest Debra Bowen as Officer of Federal Elections, except I want her to stay as California SoS. I'm a 20 year elections officer, and she is, hands down, the best SoS ever.  Got rid of the voting machines, got training for everyone for every election, streamlined the whole thing to the easy: one ballot + one signature = one vote.

        "It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man." -- Thomas Paine

        by sailmaker on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:18:55 AM PST

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      •  It probably must be left up to (3+ / 0-)
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        the states. All of which have an executive office of Elections with a Supervisor (elected or appointed), and bipartisan committees involved in allocation of resources, keeping the rolls, registering the voters, etc., etc., etc. States have taken their election responsibilities pretty seriously through the centuries, and they will have off-year and off-season elections in-state that don't have to follow any so-far proposed federal laws.

        But the law would give feds oversight of planning and carry-through for the every-two-year federal cycle. States wouldn't have to finance expansive early voting for state elections, but once the infrastructure is in place, most of them will. Poll workers, by the way, are primarily volunteers. Nobody wants to overwork them, but the pool can be expanded locally to cover the extensions. My county Dem "She-Who-Knows-All" (who is well into her 80s and calls me every election) could round up a dozen in an afternoon, for shifts during the entire 15-day period. Bet your county "She-Who-Knows-All" could do it too, or share the job with the Republican "She-Who-Knows-All."

        We'd feel a lot less like a Banana Republic, wouldn't we?

    •  Early Voting in VT (5+ / 0-)

      Is done at the town clerk's office during regular business hours. You use the regular absentee ballot, so you can, if you want, just pick it up one day, and drop it off another. It takes no extra hours and no extra people.

      I hope the legislation will find ways to support no or low-cost methods of implementation.

    •  I'm in Knoxville, Tennessee and we have 9-10 (3+ / 0-)
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      early voting sites across town.  They're generally located in malls, parks, the courthouse downtown and at UT-K.  They scan your card or enter your name, your precinct is pulled up and you vote in the appropriate races.  None of the sites are in public schools and being near merchants is beneficial for both sides, shops get traffic from voters and the polling places get traffic from the shops.  

      All history texts and educational material should start with- "CAUTION: objects in the rear-view mirror are closer than they appear." --Softlanded--

      by LiberalVol on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 01:36:51 PM PST

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    •  My township doesn't have any (1+ / 0-)
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      early voting hours.  You either vote on election day or send in an absentee ballot.  That's it.  Why, I don't know, unless the township is too cheap to pay a couple of poll workers.  It's not like they're using our tiny township hall for anything else.

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      by Ice Blue on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:48:56 PM PST

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    •  That would be staggeringly expensive (0+ / 0-)

      and complicated. In Ohio each county has ONE early vote location, usually the board of elections. I worked at mine in Cuyahoga, Ohio's largest county, where we had early voting for five weeks. It was grueling, complex and labor-intensive. There is no way on earth you could have ALL polling places open during early voting. The potential for FUBAR is enormous.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

      by anastasia p on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:00:22 PM PST

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