Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Does the Constitution allow for early voting?

I have my doubts. Aparently the New York Sun agrees.

The way things are headed, by the time 2012 rolls around, the general election voting will begin before the parties have even chosen their candidates. The states have broad latitude to set their own rules on elections, but if voting this early becomes more common, Congress may want to think about trying to establish some national standards.

A USA Today article this week on the trend called it "the most extensive early voting process in history" and said it was driven by the desire of bureaucrats to avoid long lines at polling sites on Election Day. The article quoted the head of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Rosemary Rodriguez, as calling the early voting — which is estimated to be taken advantage of by as many as 50% of voters in some states — "a sea change" and "a little bit astounding."

The Constitution is less than clear-cut about the matter. On one hand, it says that each state shall appoint, "in such matter as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors." That gives the states broad latitude to do things however they want. On the other hand, it says, "The Congress may determine the time of choosing the electors and the day on which they shall give their votes; which day shall be the same throughout the United States." The references to a "day" and "time" suggest an election conducted over a period shorter than the stretch between now and Election Day.

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