Not so long ago, Americans assembled on one designated day — Election Day — to choose our national leaders.

For those unable to cast votes on Election Day, early voting and absentee ballots are available options. In-person early voting has the advantage of the individual citizen at a polling place after check-in by election officials.

Today, however, early voting periods have been stretched to absurd lengths, with some states beginning their voting for the November election more than a month or more in advance. There is no empirical evidence that early voting increases turnout, but it does have serious downsides, including:

    • Producing less-informed voters. After casting an early ballot, a voter checks out of the national debate regardless of what happens. They won’t care about the televised debates, won’t consider options, and won’t fully participate in the political process. Many voters have occasionally complained to election officials and representatives of a desire to recast their vote because they have changed their mind. In most, if not all states, this is impossible to do with early voting.
    • Increasing election administration and campaign costs. Elections that drag on for weeks require the logistical costs of administering an election, including more poll workers and salaries associated with the voting process.
    • Facilitating double voting and vote fraud. Counties that utilize early voting need to have the necessary technology to ensure simultaneous verification and record of vote history. Early voting allows voters to vote anywhere in the county, not simply in their precinct. The jurisdictions must have the necessary voting equipment, statewide registration system, and electronic poll book system to prevent individuals from voting more than once in the state or county during the early voting period. It is also more difficult for political parties to secure sufficient poll watchers to monitor polling places for an extended early voting period.

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Official who sent ballots to dead people claims it’s their family’s fault

Government has software that can track down you down in an instant if you owe the IRS or didn’t pay a speeding ticket. When a person dies, the funeral home automatically notifies Social Security. But in response to a complaint from Ms. Carolyn Quinn, who received ballots for her two deceased parents, an election clerk in Union County, NY claims the family should have notified her office directly. Arrogance and avoiding responsibility is no friend to vote integrity.

Be On The Lookout issued for missing ballots

58,000 Pennsylvania voters are experiencing the political version of “Who Moved My Cheese?” At first, Westmorland County election officials said they mailed the ballots and blamed slow mail for lack of delivery. Then they said they mailed some of the ballots. This week they claim they are NOW mailing these same ballots. While election officials in too many counties are trying to figure out where your ballot is and what they did with it, we suggest you Vote In Person.

Are organized vote fraudsters now taking interstate road trips?

“Michael Lewis” has been charged for illegally voting in New Hampshire in 2016. He was caught after being arrested afterward without a license and giving a Florida address. Mr. Lewis also voted in Florida and Georgia in 2016. His actual residence is a two bedroom home with 12 (alleged) residents in Georgia. He picked NH—a state where he could walk up and vote with no ID. He’s not the only one. Hawk-eyed NH anti-fraud activist Ed Naile may have poked the tip of a fraud iceberg with a sharp stick.

Liberal governor’s unsolicited ballot fiat creates havoc for voters

New Jersey Democrat Governor Phil Murphy used COVID as an excuse to mail ballots to every address in the state, whether the addressee is alive or dead, or relocated. NJ election officials, overwhelmed by this unnecessary political maneuver, can’t get it right. In Bergen County, officials sent out nearly 7,000 incorrect ballots to 28,000 voters. The officials who made this mistake claim there will be no confusing results. Right.

Postal worker thinks voters live in a nearby trash bin

Also in the Garden State, Mr. Howard Dinger was throwing out trash last week when five bins of mail—including absentee ballots—caught his eye. A postal worker has been arrested on felony charges for dumping the mail instead of delivering it. If not for Mr. Dinger’s eagle eye and willingness to do his civic duty, 100 West Orange residents would be wondering where their ballots went. Vote In Person. 

Capital-area county sends out broken ballots

In the county that contains Ohio’s seat of government, 21% of absentee ballots sent to voters were incorrect. Some had the wrong congressional race and some had the wrong voting precincts. Vote fraud is real, and so is election office incompetence. Both result in false results. Like similar cases in Michigan and New York, officials are sending new ballots to further confuse people. Don’t take chances. Go to the polls. Be a VIP--Vote In Person.

Is the liberal demand for unsolicited ballots planned chaos?

EIB has been documenting the confusion inherent in the liberal push for mail-only balloting—including in this edition. The evidence is clear. Our colleague Chuck DeVore of the Texas Public Policy Foundation succinctly notes, “the rush to mail-in balloting will overwhelm the local elections officials who do the job of counting the vote.” We suggest this was exactly what the left planned. 

Liberal vote activist foundation, collect ballots thyself

Much like the CTCL described in the previous story, the Committee of Seventy is a PA-based liberal voting activist group masquerading as non-partisan. Its Director is a Clinton/Reno protégée, and is funded by liberal foundations. Now the City of Philadelphia has contracted with this group to help collect ballots.

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