In Oregon, everyone is mailed a ballot several weeks prior to the election, which you can fill out and mail back anytime, or hand drop off on election night. Almost everyone votes at least a week prior to the second, but there's also lines tonight at the drop off sites.
Voting at your leisure, when you can surround yourself with all the pamphlets and websites you want is really convenient, and has helped voter turnout numbers just a tad. I filled out my ballot a week ago, but didn't drop it off until yesterday, in case there was late-breaking scandals or something. Everyone was pleasant, and I wish everyone voted.
I do have one complaint about west coast voting, and that is that you start to see early returns for the east coast on TV and websites before the polls are closed, and that definitely influences voters here. In 2000, people thought Gore had Florida, and some changed their vote to Nader, assuming they were free to indulge their inner radical. Others got discouraged and stayed home. Oregon went for Gore anyway, so I doubt anything was changed, but I do thing early returns affect voter returns, and that's wrong. Can't we just wait a week to see who's actually won, instead of all this bru-hah-ha on the second? It just seems unfortunate.
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