Majority oppose early voting - 220 participants, 422 responses

Sep 26, 2016

Analysts at the Brookings Institution estimate that 34% of U.S. voters participating in this year’s election will cast their ballots early. Roughly two-thirds of U.S. states allow voters to cast ballots in person early during a designated period without requiring them to give an excuse or justification. The average length of the allowed early voting period is 19 days. On September 26, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH allow early voting?”

“Should NH allow early voting?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Participation:

A total of 81% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 19% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, this question received 422 responses from 220 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A majority, at 71% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to allowing early voting in New Hampshire.

  • “Aside from the cost of additional hours to work at taxpayer expense and additional volunteers to work for all the extra days, voting should be something you make an effort to do.”
  • “Early voting just aids in election fraud.”
  • “We have an official election day. We have absentee voting. We don't need anything else.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 29%, were in favor of allowing early voting in New Hampshire.

  • “Voting is a right, not a privilege and we should make it as easy as possible so that all individuals can participate in the process.”
  • “Hardcore partisans won’t change their minds. Might as well ease the lines on election day for those still deciding.”
  • “Voting is what makes a democracy and the more opportunities, the better.”

Other: As noted above, 19% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Election Day: “Voting day should be a federal holiday.”
  • Current voting laws: “Jobs in NH are not required to let you go vote, but you can get an absentee ballot if you are going to be stuck at work during polling hours.”
  • Significance of voting: “Doesn’t matter if you vote. It doesn’t count.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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