Distinguished persons of the week: Voters who step up and stand in line

Distinguished persons of the week: Voters who step up and stand in line

There is legitimate worry about delays, ballot errors and “naked ballots” (ballots returned without the official envelope). However, the results so far suggest that state and local officials, despite Republican efforts to limit and make early voting inconvenient, are managing the deluge. The AP reports: The massive amount of voting has occurred without any of the violent skirmishes at polling places that some activists and law enforcement officials feared. It has featured high-profile errors — 100,000 faulty mail ballots sent out in New York, 50,000 in Columbus, Ohio, and a vendor supplying that state and Pennsylvania blaming delays on sending ballots on overwhelming demand. But there’s little evidence of the mass disruption that some feared as election offices had to abruptly shift to deal with the influx of early voting. This does not excuse horrendous lines for early in-person voting in Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina, but voters are remarkably willing to endure these waits (which officials hope to reduce in Georgia, for example, by streamlining the check-in process). The dogged determination to exercise this precious right is downright impressive. Trump seems also to have flopped in trying to discourage early voting by mail. “Of the early voters, 82% cast ballots through the mail and 18% in person,” the AP reports. “Black voters cast 10% of the ballots cast, about the same as their share of the national electorate, according to the AP analysis of data from L2, a political data firm. That’s a sign that those voters, who have been less ...
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