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  •  Some people still do see Election Day (0+ / 0-)

    as a "solemn" event -- I'm married to one; he got it from his parents. When his father was still alive, we used to have election parties; we'd gather at the house, order in some good quality Chinese food and have dinner, then clear the table and everyone would break out their campaign literature (not just the ads, but newspaper editorials and the like; I'd bring diaries I printed out from DKos or info from other progressive blogs) and we'd hash out the candidates and issues, marking our sample ballots. (Afterwards we'd have the ceremonial recycling dump where we'd get rid of all the ads and such.)

    I'm not sure about modifying a decision year-round; that seems too open to hanky-panky. But there's no reason why you can't have a voting season of a week or a month in length.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 02:07:41 PM PST

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    •  A week, a month, at that point (0+ / 0-)

      it really doesn't matter how long you keep the polls open, provided you can afford it.  And we live in a day and age where the cost of affording everyone the right to vote any day in the cycle is downright negligible.  As for hanky panky, again there's not much exploit to gain from a year round opportunity than there is from say a day everyone knows is coming.

      While I'm glad you have fun with your vote, not everyone is interested or even able to make a holiday or ritual out of voting.  A good number of us see it as yet one more decision we frequently have to make in our lives, and we are deliberating hamstringing ourselves by insisting that said decision be made once in a cycle without much chance of reconsideration.

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