(National Review) -- We have done away with Election Day in most of the country in favor of Election Month. Over a third of voters in 2008 — up from 15 percent in 2000 — cast their ballots using either early voting at polling stations or mail-in absentee ballots. This year, the proportion of votes cast before Election Day is expected to pass 40 percent. But shouldn’t we debate what this is doing to our democracy before we wake up and find that Election Day is completely gone? It has already effectively disappeared in Oregon and Washington.
It’s hard to exaggerate how much “convenience” voting has taken hold of our election process. North Carolina started mailing out absentee ballots on September 7, only one day after Barack Obama accepted his party’s nomination in Charlotte. A total of 32 states and the District of Columbia now allow early voting. Key swing states such as Virginia, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and North Carolina are either already allowing or about to allow people to cast ballots.