Forget Election Day - Early Voting for President Has Started

Publication: The Wall Street Journal

Author: June Kronholz


09/23/2008 - That old political adage about voting early and often has never been truer -- at least the vote-early part.

Election Day is still more than 40 days away. But in Louisville, Ky., 97 people showed up at the Jefferson County elections office last Thursday to vote for president. In Fairfax County, Va., 244 people voted on Friday, and voting begins in another 11 states and the District of Columbia this week, according to the Pew Center on the States' electionline.org, which tracks ballot issues.

By the time Election Day arrives, more than half of the voters in some states will have cast early ballots, voting experts say. That will upend the way campaigns typically proceed, because many voters will be casting ballots before the debates.

Read the full article Forget Election Day -- Early Voting for President Has Started on the Wall Street Journal's Web site.

Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, please visit electionline.org.

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