Early voting has been going on in several swing states. Why don't we have this in Alabama? It would allow voting by people who may be unable to vote on November 4.
Absentee and Early Voting
Early voting differs from absentee voting in that voters may visit an election official’s office or, in some states, other satellite voting locations, and cast a vote in person without offering an excuse for not being able to vote on election day.
Early voting generally is conducted on the same voting equipment used in the regular election, as opposed to absentee voting, which is conducted on mail-in paper ballots. The time period for early voting varies from state to state, but most often it is available during a period of 10-14 days before the election, generally ending on the Friday or Saturday immediately preceding the election.
For information on voting absentee in Alabama click AlabamaVotes.gov
Early voting is taking place in several swing states, and of course, early voters are polled just like regular voters. Here are some results, from fivethirtyeight and early voter poll results are listed alongside likely voter poll results:
In New Mexico Early voters Obama + 23% Likely voters Obama +6%
In Ohio Early voters Obama +18% Likely voters Obama +4%
In Georgia Early voters Obama +6% Likely voters McCain + 11%
In Iowa Early voters Obama +34% Likely voters Obama +10%
In North Carolina Early voters Obama +34% Likely voters McCain +5%.
This averages to 23% advantage for Obama.
In 2000 and 2004, early voters leaned toward the Republican. Bush had 62% of early voters in 2000 against Gore, and 60% against Kerry in 2004.
In past elections, early voters tended to be older, and more male than female. CW should allow that this favors Republicans, so one would expect McCain to do better among early voters.
Early voters seem to be staunch supporters, so this should not be taken as an indicator of how undecided voters will cast their ballots.
What can be learned is that Obama's base, his staunch supporters, are turning out. Barring unforeseen events, they should also turn out on election day.
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The final presidential debate is tonight, from Hofstra University in New York. The candidates will be sitting awful close to each other. Obama better watch out, because McCain has vowed to "whip his you know what." I'd love to see them get into a scrap. Tune in.