Not sure if this should go in IMHO or GD, so mods, feel free to move it.
One of the complaints we hear every four years from the western US is that while residents were still standing in line to vote, the election was already over, since the returns from the eastern and central states had made the outcome clear, and in many cases even “called” by the networks.
This has been a problem in the past, since the country spans 5 time zones and everyone had to vote on the same day. Now most, if not all, of the states have implemented some form of early voting, so that you can cast your ballot weeks in advance of the actual “election day.” With early voting in place, the argument that you can’t vote if the polls close early doesn’t hold water anymore.
If all states would agree to close the polls on election day at the same time (for example 8 pm eastern time, which would be 5 pm on the west coast and 3 pm in Hawaii), I see several benefits.
[li]No one could complain that their vote didn’t matter due to closing times.[/li][li]No more waiting till the wee hours of the morning for nationwide election results[/li][li]Hi, Opal (sorry, couldn’t resist).[/li][/ol]
In fact, I’m having a hard time seeing a down side, other than it might upset some traditionalists.
Dopers, what think ye?