Early voting, which began Monday across the state, was
instituted in an effort to increase voter turnout and give people
with scheduling conflicts or time constraints on Nov. 2 other
opportunities to vote.
Although early voting is a great opportunity, voters should not
feel as though they have to vote early. There are still 14 days
left until Election Day, and a lot can happen in those 14 days.
There is always the chance of important, last-minute
developments in campaigns. People who have the time should take the
next two weeks to hear the extent of candidates’ platforms and
introduce themselves to races and candidates who have been less
prominent, rather than rushing to the polls just because they can.
Since you have two weeks, why not take the time to explore every
resource and opportunity available to you before you cast your
In an election where the responsibility of voting has been
strongly emphasized, all voters should remember the weight that
each tally on their ballot holds. While certain issues and races
rightfully take prominence over others, it is important to keep in
mind that you will also be asked to vote on other items that have
received less attention. Things like the reinstatement of judges
tend to be overshadowed by bigger issues, but they can still have a
large effect on your world. Whether or not you have the time and
motivation to research every item on the ballot this year, keep in
mind that each mark you make on or before Nov. 2 counts.