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SuntanLotion 03-02-2020 01:56 PM

Should I vote early?
 
I was going to vote early; I'm glad I didn't because it would have been for Pete. Should I vote early or wait til after Tuesday? Or wait til March 17th? I'm in Ohio.

nelliebly 03-02-2020 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by SuntanLotion (Post 22168377)
I was going to vote early; I'm glad I didn't because it would have been for Pete. Should I vote early or wait til after Tuesday? Or wait til March 17th? I'm in Ohio.

My state's primary is the 10th, and I, too, was set to vote for Pete. I'm waiting simply because I want to see who's still standing after tomorrow.

dalej42 03-02-2020 03:10 PM

I’d hold off until Wednesday. My guess is we’re down to Bernie/Biden/Bloomberg after Wednesday.

Anything local on the ballot that might change?

RioRico 03-02-2020 11:52 PM

Voting early in the general election won't hurt and may give you a chance to reach a border before the US goes on total lockdown. :eek: Voting early in your state's primary might be wasted because who know who'll be left by that day? We waited till late to mail our California primary ballots - good thing, because our early preferences jumped ship.

My goal isn't institution of varied Democratic Socialist policy proposals, but just evicting Tramp from DC. YMMV but do your best.

Lord Feldon 03-03-2020 03:27 AM

I'm also in Ohio, and I have my ballot but I'm waiting until at least tonight to see what happens.

IMO, if you have a firm second choice of Sanders or Biden, it's safe to lock that in, but everyone else is in a precarious position.

SuntanLotion 03-05-2020 10:54 AM

I voted on Tuesday before the whole voting started. Hopefully, it wasn't in vain.

divemaster 03-05-2020 11:44 AM

I don't even know why states allow early voting for primaries. Look at the weekly (daily, even) fluctuations of who's even running. It's a stupid idea. Don't do it!

Now, absentee voting I understand. I've done that myself, due to business travel or whatever. But just "early" voting because one can't be arsed to show up to the polls on election day? Not my bag, baby.

Kent Clark 03-05-2020 12:15 PM

We vote in Missouri in five days. At this point I'm not even sure both Bernie and Joe will still be in the race.

Tulsi Gabbard might be the last candidate standing. :eek:

Balance 03-05-2020 12:19 PM

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Originally Posted by divemaster (Post 22173534)
Now, absentee voting I understand. I've done that myself, due to business travel or whatever. But just "early" voting because one can't be arsed to show up to the polls on election day? Not my bag, baby.

Here in Texas, we still had lines wrapping around buildings at some polling places hours after the scheduled close. The last voter at TSU waited nearly 7 hours to get into a booth. Some people aren't physically up to standing in line that long, or have obligations they can't leave for an indeterminate number of hours. Others may be reluctant to stand around in a crowd that long, especially with current worries (exaggerated or not) about contagion.

Without going into why the lines were like that, or what else should be done about it, those are reasons why someone might prefer to vote early. And if some people hadn't voted early, those lines would have been that much worse. Yes, voting early carries an extra risk of regretting your choice, whether because your chosen candidate drops out or because something comes to light that makes you rethink your decision, but some people would rather take that chance than take a chance on not getting to vote at all.

(Also, ranked-choice voting would help ameliorate the risk of throwing your vote away by voting early.)


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