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December 13, 2008
Back in 1776, Pennsylvania took the pioneering step of dropping the requirement that a voter must own land. In the 19th century, the state claimed one of the earliest known absentee-voting laws. In more modern times, however, the state has fallen behind some of the trends toward expanding voter access. Perhaps the most important such effort is toward discarding the idea of a single Election Day. In many states, elections take place across weeks and months. That's happening in two ways: by allowing voters to cast absentee ballots at will, and opening the polls for voting before Election Day. With both approaches growing in popularity, preliminary estimates suggest that a quarter of Americans voted for president before Election Day this fall.
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January 13, 2012 | By Brendan Farrington, Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida presidential primary is on, with voting well under way - even though Florida doesn't hold its GOP nominating contest until Jan. 31. And both Mitt Romney, coming off back-to-back victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul are aggressively reaching out to voters who have requested ballots. None of their competitors has been nearly as active even though the victor in Florida would get a huge boost of momentum and all of the state's 50 delegates to the national nominating convention.
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April 25, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Joanne Nyikita is all for early voting, just not the way it is set up in a bill sitting on the governor's desk. Nyikita is superintendent of elections in Burlington County, and in the weeks before a presidential election, she says, she and her staff work 15-hour days, seven days a week, registering voters and making sure things run smoothly. By in effect adding two weeks before the election during which voters can cast their ballots, she said, the state would vastly increase the work of already overstretched county election boards.
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November 10, 1992 | by Molly Ivins, From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
You can already tell that the media - those villains, those arch-fiends, those ceaseless perverters of truth - have got it wrong. They're calling the yet-to-be-born Clinton administration "Camelot with a Southern accent. " If I hadn't sworn I'd never use that hackneyed, tired cliche-of-the-year "Not!" that's what I'd stick in here. (Have I been covering politics long enough to have it both ways, or what?) Anyway, John Kennedy may have been young Bill Clinton's first political hero, but Bill Clinton is no John Kennedy.
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August 29, 2004 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Voting is no longer just for Election Day. Millions of Americans - perhaps as many as 20 percent of voters - will cast their ballots before Nov. 2, as states ease absentee-voting rules and political parties and interest groups change their electioneering strategies. This transformation means, depending on one's perspective, the rise of a modern, self-service democracy or the demise of one of the nation's last communal rites. The shift also means that many voters will cast their ballots unaffected - or uninformed - by late-breaking developments.
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November 6, 2004 | By Lini S. Kadaba INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvanians may get the chance to vote early, though not often, if state politicians have a say. The snaking, hours-long lines that plagued many polling places on Election Day have led to calls for change. Gov. Rendell has said he would like to see early voting to reduce crowding and other election challenges. If the state legislature amended the Election Code to allow early voting, polls could open before Election Day. About two dozen states already have early voting.
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May 21, 2013
Recognizing that modern Americans' lives are hectic and that civic participation levels are inadequate, most states have adopted early-voting measures that help people fit in-person voting into their busy schedules. But Gov. Christie is pretending that people in New Jersey don't have to pack the kids off to school, go to work, fix dinner, do chores around the house, and then try to find the time to vote. He recently vetoed a bill that would have allowed them to cast ballots in person at a limited number of polling places for the two weeks leading up to Election Day. But Christie couldn't come up with a good reason for his veto, so he winged it. His veto message asserted that the state has actually had early voting since 2009.
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February 12, 2009
SOMEDAY soon, voting in Pennsylvania could be as easy as it is in Iraq. A bill allowing early voting is making its way through the state Legislature. State Rep. Babette Josephs wants to amend the state constitution to broaden the number of people who can vote with absentee ballots. Right now, only a small number of people - military personnel, the elderly, those too sick to leave their homes, and those with jobs requiring them to travel on Election Day - are allowed to vote absentee.
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October 8, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE
WASHINGTON - Of all the Democratic incumbents seeking reelection this year, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver is among the most vulnerable. As of Friday, though, he was assured of at least one vote - his own. "That's one down, about 550,000 to go," he said at the Polk County auditor's office, where he cast his ballot early. Iowa is one of 13 states where votes already are being cast in the midterm elections - a month before Election Day. In the coming weeks, 18 more states will begin early voting, which becomes more popular with each election.
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November 2, 2006 | By John C. Fortier
Today is Election Day, as was yesterday and the day before. Many Americans will vote well before Tuesday, and while the convenience of choosing your day to vote is appealing, convenience should not be the only rule by which we run our elections. In 2004, nearly 25 percent of Americans voted before Election Day, almost 15 percent by absentee ballot and an additional 8 percent at early voting polling places. In 1980, absentee ballots were cast by only 5 percent of voters, and early voting at polling places was nonexistent.
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April 28, 2016
THIS IS THE season of the year when you can count on editorial writers and columnists to lament the lack of voter participation in elections. On Tuesday's ballot, for instance, voters were electing their party nominees for president, the U.S. Senate, and a variety of state offices. Early reports Tuesday suggested turnout was strong, but that would be an exception. Voter participation has been declining for years. With a sigh and a "Oh, woe is us," we end our lamentation. Now, to brass tacks.
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September 7, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
New Jersey Democrats, anticipating a veto from Gov. Christie, are considering asking voters to amend the constitution to bring sweeping changes to the state's voting laws. In doing so, they're betting on a reliable but controversial strategy to advance policy initiatives that would otherwise stall under the Republican governor and presidential candidate. Democrats, who control both chambers in Trenton, have turned to the ballot box to skirt Christie on such measures as raising the minimum wage and dedicating funding for open space.
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October 30, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Registering to vote online in Pennsylvania is a no-go. Access to absentee ballots is limited, and if you have trouble speaking or reading English and need assistance voting, the help you need might be tough to find. The state received a mixed report card in a national study released Tuesday on best practices at the polls in 10 swing states. The study by Common Cause, a Washington-based good-government nonprofit, rated the state positively on training for poll workers, accommodating disabled voters, and recordkeeping.
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May 21, 2013
Recognizing that modern Americans' lives are hectic and that civic participation levels are inadequate, most states have adopted early-voting measures that help people fit in-person voting into their busy schedules. But Gov. Christie is pretending that people in New Jersey don't have to pack the kids off to school, go to work, fix dinner, do chores around the house, and then try to find the time to vote. He recently vetoed a bill that would have allowed them to cast ballots in person at a limited number of polling places for the two weeks leading up to Election Day. But Christie couldn't come up with a good reason for his veto, so he winged it. His veto message asserted that the state has actually had early voting since 2009.
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May 10, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Saying the measure would overwhelm local election workers, Gov. Christie vetoed Thursday a bill that would have required polls to open two weeks before Election Day. The bill won final passage in the Assembly on March 21. It would have required that each county open a limited number of polling places in advance of the election. Democrats touted the measure as a way to increase voter participation; Republicans panned it as a costly initiative that would add little in the way of expanded access for voters.
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April 25, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Joanne Nyikita is all for early voting, just not the way it is set up in a bill sitting on the governor's desk. Nyikita is superintendent of elections in Burlington County, and in the weeks before a presidential election, she says, she and her staff work 15-hour days, seven days a week, registering voters and making sure things run smoothly. By in effect adding two weeks before the election during which voters can cast their ballots, she said, the state would vastly increase the work of already overstretched county election boards.
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March 23, 2013
New Jersey legislators have adopted a bill that would allow early voting at polling places. The Assembly passed the bill by a 46-31 vote on Thursday. It now heads to Gov. Christie. In both legislative chambers, the bill had the support of Democrats and opposition from Republicans. It would allow voting in three to seven locations in each county for five weeks before elections. Sponsors say the measure would give voters a useful third option besides voting by mail, or in person on Election Day. Thirty-two other states have in-person early voting.
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December 8, 2012 | By Maggie Michael and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press
CAIRO - Egypt postponed early voting on a contentious draft constitution, and aides to President Mohammed Morsi floated the possibility of canceling the whole referendum in the first signs Friday that the Islamic leader was finally yielding to days of protests and deadly street clashes. Tens of thousands marched on the presidential palace after pushing past barbed wire fences installed by the army and calling for Morsi to step down. Thousands also camped out in Tahrir Square, birthplace of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
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November 27, 2012 | By Dara Kam and John Lantigua, COX NEWSPAPERS
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A new Florida law that contributed to long voter lines and caused some to abandon voting altogether was intentionally designed by Florida GOP staff and consultants to inhibit Democratic voters, former GOP officials and current GOP consultants have told the Palm Beach Post. Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law's main purpose: GOP victory.
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October 17, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for voters in the battleground state of Ohio to cast ballots on the three days before Election Day, giving Democrats and President Obama's campaign a victory three weeks before the election. The court refused a request by the state's Republican elections chief and attorney general to get involved in a battle over early voting. Ohio is among 34 states, plus the District of Columbia, where people can vote early without giving any reason.
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