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By John C. Fortier

Americans as soon as amassed at the first Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November to select the nation's leaders. Election Day used to be an afternoon of civic engagement whilst buddies met on the polls after which solid their ballots. some time past twenty-five years, in spite of the fact that, the USA has gone through a revolution in vote casting not like something it has skilled within the first 2 hundred years of its heritage. now we have created a procedure of many mini-election-days prime as much as the most event.

Today approximately 1 / 4 of usa citizens vote prior to Election Day, both by means of absentee poll or at early vote casting locations. In 1980, just one in twenty citizens voted prior to Election Day. What has occurred? Has the ease of absentee or early vote casting compromised the integrity of the method and weakened a unifying civic experience?

In Absentee and Early vote casting: developments, delivers, and Perils, John Fortier files the dramatic raise in absentee vote casting and, extra lately, the meteoric upward thrust in early vote casting. He examines the criminal and historic purposes for alterations within the vote casting approach and the various transformations throughout states. Fortier bargains his innovations approximately what the alterations have intended for the rustic and the place we must always cross from right here.

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More early ballots were cast in Florida than in Tennessee in 2004, and North Carolina was not far behind. While the number of states with significant early voting is still relatively small, those that have adopted the practice have reached high percentages very quickly. S. html (accessed August 15, 2006). Early Voting Is Growing Even Faster than Absentee Voting. Absentee voting has been on the rise since 1980, with its rate more than tripling since that time. Early voting has more than tripled since 1996 (see figure 2-1).

Html (accessed August 15, 2006). Early Voting Is Growing Even Faster than Absentee Voting. Absentee voting has been on the rise since 1980, with its rate more than tripling since that time. Early voting has more than tripled since 1996 (see figure 2-1). Beyond the data already cited, one other indication of the quick rise of early voting is how large a percentage of it is recorded when states offer the option in a presidential election for the first time. Tennessee, Florida, West Virginia, Arkansas, and North Carolina all showed rates of at least 15 percent in the first elections in which their residents were allowed to vote early.

Texas began early voting in the late 1980s and quickly reached a level of over 20 percent of the vote. 7 percent in 2004. Tennessee instituted early voting in 1994. 29 As of 2004, Texas and Tennessee are still the leaders in the rates of early voting, and together they cast nearly 50 percent of all early ballots; but there are other large players as well. More early ballots were cast in Florida than in Tennessee in 2004, and North Carolina was not far behind. While the number of states with significant early voting is still relatively small, those that have adopted the practice have reached high percentages very quickly.

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