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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

So far, early voting totals show a huge lead for President Obama. Maybe that's what Mr. Evenson was so upset about.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

In a way, I agree. However, this isn't public money. It's not ours to direct. If it weren't being spent on ads with grainy photos of the other guy, ominous music, etc. it probably wouldn't be spent at all. It's good for local tv outlets, that's for sure. I wish the campaign was about five days long, but it's not going to happen, and it's a messy process at best.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Wasn't it early voting that repubs just a month ago were accusing Obama of getting rid of in some state back east like Ohio? A month ago early voting was good. So now early voting is bad?

It's just so difficult to keep up with repubs constantly changing their views.

And I thought keeping up with Bro. Romney was hard! sheesh!

VST
Bountiful, UT

"So far, early voting totals show a huge lead for President Obama. Maybe that's what Mr. Evenson was so upset about."

How do you know that Roland? Have you been opening the ballots before the polling judges do?

dwayne
Provo, UT

The Real Maverick,

"Wasn't it early voting that repubs just a month ago were accusing Obama of getting rid of in some state back east like Ohio? A month ago early voting was good. So now early voting is bad?

It's just so difficult to keep up with repubs constantly changing their views.

And I thought keeping up with Bro. Romney was hard! sheesh!"

I didn't realize we were part of a "Collective" like Democrats are. I forgot that those of us who don't agree with early voting for years somehow changed our beliefs when Republicans we don't agree with took a position we did not agree with. Early voting isn't good for any country. If people can't vote on election day they shouldn't vote. If they can't find time or have the commitment to get out and vote when everyone else does they shouldn't be voting in an election. Early voting is a political tool to get out a base even if they aren't informed or wouldn't vote without the extra time. That goes for Republicans and Democratic political hacks. You all should be ashamed.

dwayne
Provo, UT

Hutterite,

"I wish the campaign was about five days long, but it's not going to happen, and it's a messy process at best."

I wish voting was one day long. Everything else doesn't matter. If someone wants to think or talk about politics 24/7 or for days, months, years or even decades that's their right and I don't begrudge political hacks their hobby. There are people who spend just as long talking about sports. Election season is like football season. All the sports and political fanatics will be out in force

Early voting debases our political system and turns it into gamesmanship. The point of an election isn't for people to get out and vote. It's for people to have the opportunity to interact and be informed and vote accordingly on the same day every year. Why not extend early voting until December of the previous year? Some political hacks knew who they were voting for in December 2011. Why waste their time in 2012?

Early voting is an attempt to get people to vote before they can talk and think about what matters. Can't change your mind after voting.

cmbennett1
OGDEN, UT

I cannot imagine that I will hear, see, or read in the next 20 days that will change my mind on who or what I will vote for. I plan to vote early.

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