Several high profile elections will be decided today including gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, as well as a special election for NY-23. I have been following those races closely, and may do a follow up tomorrow morning, but have opted not to write about them as this is a Mississippi blog. But one issue that has been debated in great detail here is law for at least one of those key races. I am talking about early voting. New York permits a form of early voting. Up until this past Saturday, there was a three race for the open Congressional seat in upstate New York between a liberal Democrat, a liberal Republican and a Conservative Party candidate (who as the name would suggest, is a conservative). That liberal Republican- Dede Scozzafava- abruptly pulled out of the race on Saturday citing sinking poll numbers. However, I can’t help but wonder how many people voted for Scozzafava during the early voting period who would now vote for Doug Hoffman- the conservative candidate.
The issue has been debated at great lengths in Mississippi, and came close to becoming law this past spring. This is just another reason to be cautious next time someone tells you we need it.