Last week, the Ohio House approved a bill that would reduce the period of early voting, currently set at 35 days before Election Day. The Ohio bill is part of the ongoing debate over extending or curbing early voting. Last month, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration released a report identifying key problems during the 2012 elections. Claiming that 10 million Americans waited at least 30 minutes to vote last cycle, the commission proposes, among other solutions, that states “expand” early voting efforts.
The rationale for early voting is simple: to shorten polling lines and increase the number of possible days a citizen can cast his or her ballot.