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Absentee voting is here to stay

Scott Robert Shaw

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The pandemic has caused us to adapt in many ways. Sometimes for the better. Yesterday’s election saw a record number of people cast their ballots via absentee ballot or early in-person voting. Perhaps they didn’t want to stand in a line with lots of other people, maybe it was the high-profile nature of the election or maybe it is just easier to vote from home. Either way, more people took part in the democratic process and made sure their voice was heard. That is a good thing for our democracy. Absentee balloting helps the elderly for whom transportation may be an issue, and those who are just busy. It reduces lines on election day. It has gotten easier to vote other than on election day. In Wisconsin, you no longer need to have a reason for voting absentee, and you can request absentee ballots for three successive elections. They mail you a ballot in plenty of time, you fill it out at your convenience and either drop it in the mail or in a municipal drop box. But if voting early is so popular, they should change some of the rules. Let  Wisconsin’s municipal clerks start counting absentee ballots before election day, as a number of states do. And eliminate the requirement for a witness signature on the return envelope. Wisconsin is one of a few states with that requirement. The pandemic may or not be here with the next election, but it seems absentee and early voting are here to stay. 

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    Gerald every

    November 5, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Scott,Flag this opinion, put it in an envelope seal it and open it on Jan 20 2021.You may be right or you may be wrong. No one is demeaning anyone.You socialists have already done that to our democracy and our democratic processes.I refuse to be lectured by a anyone who is beholden to the democratic socialist party that took a deceased collegue,(john Lewis) and hauled his dead rear end across the U.S. for almost two weeks, for political gain, before they had the decency to bury his poor soul.Yes, it’s important to get it right. Yes, we need to let it play out.But when you open the envelope, lets hope that the SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS HATE for America will subside once and for all! Want to bet? I doubt it. We will be watching!

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