Monday, February 27, 2006

Utah Senate reconsiders early voting

Early voting, seemingly dead a few weeks ago, has been given new life in the Utah senate.

Opponents to early voting, led by some Republican state senators, argue that the process is being adopted purely for economic reasons. The state is required to buy new election machines as a consequence of HAVA, and allowing a longer voting period means that they have to buy fewer machines.

Opponents also argue that early voting makes "electioneering" more likely and fraud more prevalent (not sure why electioneering is easier over a longer period).

As with my earlier post on Illinois, some in the state are worried about implementing two changes at once--a move to electronic balloting and a move to early voting.

Story referenced appears here: Salt Lake Tribune - Utah


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