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By John C. Fortier

American citizens as soon as accumulated 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 while friends met on the polls after which forged their ballots. long ago twenty-five years, notwithstanding, the US has gone through a revolution in vote casting not like something it has skilled within the first two hundred years of its historical past. we've got created a approach of many mini-election-days major as much as the most event.

Today approximately 1 / 4 of american citizens vote earlier than Election Day, both by way of absentee poll or at early balloting areas. In 1980, just one in twenty electorate voted ahead of Election Day. What has occurred? Has the benefit of absentee or early balloting compromised the integrity of the method and weakened a unifying civic experience?

In Absentee and Early balloting: developments, offers, and Perils, John Fortier files the dramatic raise in absentee vote casting and, extra lately, the meteoric upward thrust in early balloting. He examines the criminal and ancient purposes for alterations within the balloting method and the numerous adjustments throughout states. Fortier bargains his options approximately what the alterations have intended for the rustic and the place we must always move from right here.

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