If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em? That seems to suddenly be the philosophy of Wisconsin Republicans, who are suddenly embracing the idea of early voting. Voting by absentee, or casting early in-person ballots, has become a popular way to vote. It caught on during the pandemic, and the number of people choosing to vote sometime other than election day continues to grow with each election. Now, nearly half of all ballots in Wisconsin are cast before election day. It is good that we are giving people opportunities to cast a ballot on more than just one day a year. It makes it easier for people to participate in the process. There is always a chance of bad weather, or a sickness, on election day that could make it harder for people to make their way to the voting booth. What is interesting is that Wisconsin Republican lawmakers have been working for years to restrict opportunities for early voting, shortening the time when people can vote absentee. Now it seems, they see the writing on the wall. Republicans tend to be more comfortable than democrats voting at their polling place on election day. Now party bosses are encouraging them to take advantage of early voting opportunities. So, no matter your party preference, you are being encouraged to vote early, typically leading to a higher turnout. It is good that Republicans are no longer trying to block people from voting early and are finally embracing the idea. Welcome to the party!