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    Should a Hurricane Postpone an Election?

    What if Sandy was due to pass through next week instead of this week? Would you be in favor of post-poning the election?
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    Re: Should a Hurricane Postpone an Election?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    What if Sandy was due to pass through next week instead of this week? Would you be in favor of post-poning the election?
    Is it possible to do this constitutionally speaking?

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    Re: Should a Hurricane Postpone an Election?

    It would be counter to the democratic and equality ideals of this country if some states were prevented from voting because of a major weather event and others weren't.

    Personally, I don't understand why we have a single election day. What if somebody is sick that day? You can't really plan for pneumonia and vote early to take care of it. Why don't we have a voting week to account for such problems?
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    Re: Should a Hurricane Postpone an Election?

    Very interesting question. I looked up postponed American elections and saw this

    http://www.cityoforangebeach.com/pag...d_Election.pdf

    of course, not quite on the level of a national election of this importance.

    And of course some may remember the 2011 New York City two week postponement of a primary election because of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.
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    Re: Should a Hurricane Postpone an Election?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    It would be counter to the democratic and equality ideals of this country if some states were prevented from voting because of a major weather event and others weren't.

    Personally, I don't understand why we have a single election day. What if somebody is sick that day? You can't really plan for pneumonia and vote early to take care of it. Why don't we have a voting week to account for such problems?
    Or an entire month. Really, what's the downside?
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    Re: Should a Hurricane Postpone an Election?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Personally, I don't understand why we have a single election day. What if somebody is sick that day? You can't really plan for pneumonia and vote early to take care of it. Why don't we have a voting week to account for such problems?
    Agreed. In some states, early voting now starts in the beginning of October and goes all the way through Election Day. Early voting is now happening earlier, and more commonly. For example, in the swing states of Iowa and Colorado, over half the voters will have already cast their ballots prior to Election Day. I hope that becomes the standard operating procedure of all states in the upcoming years. It will reduce the likelihood that people won't be able to vote because of weather or personal issues.
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    Re: Should a Hurricane Postpone an Election?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    What if Sandy was due to pass through next week instead of this week? Would you be in favor of post-poning the election?
    Well, common sense tells me that the national election would go ahead as scheduled, those states effected would postpone their voting day to whenever, and if those states could impact the electoral voting, the winner would be announced after they'd had their election day.

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    Re: Should a Hurricane Postpone an Election?

    I think this thread is wrongly worded. It should be Will this one postpone the election? If a hurricane hits an area it WILL postpone it.
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    Re: Should a Hurricane Postpone an Election?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Or an entire month. Really, what's the downside?
    You wouldn't want too long a stretch, because you wouldn't want to have people voting early miss out on information that could make a difference. I would say a week is a good length of time.
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    Re: Should a Hurricane Postpone an Election?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    You wouldn't want too long a stretch, because you wouldn't want to have people voting early miss out on information that could make a difference. I would say a week is a good length of time.
    People voting a month early probably wouldn't be the sort to change their minds in the first place.
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