Q&A: Could Sandy postpone the election?

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  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 31, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    Re: USA Salt Lake City, UT
    "Elections are administered by each state."

    A uniform date for choosing presidential electors was instituted by the Congress in 1845. Neither the states or Mr. Obama have no say in the matter.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 6:27 a.m.

    No postponements, elections have been altered too many times by too many special interest groups for irresponsible methods to compromise and control our voting and ballot system.

    Utah politicians have found and created ways of compromising the elections this year (2012) by making absentee and early voting ballots accessible to engineer 11th hour campaigns using these ballots to sway voters before the general election date. This law for early voting is two fold, lazy voters and release of secret ballot vote count before an election. News media is barred from reporting and access to vote count and so should the politicians. One voting law is all we need, variations are subversive and intentional attempt to influence voter fraud and turnout.

    The motive of the Utah legislators was not about voter access or voter turnout, it is to influence the process of secret voting. For this reason the 2012 early voting ballots in Utah should be canceled and re-vote on election day. Laws to subvert and defraud the voting process is unconstitutional and exemplifies the need that we maintain a national one day voting day to remain in perpetuity in war, famine, disasters or peace time.

  • USA Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 6:15 p.m.

    If it does prove necessary to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to vote, I would favor postponing the election for a couple of weeks. A significant portion of the population of the nation has been affected by the storm and its aftermath. I suspect it would require the cooperation of Congress to determine whether or not to reschedule the election. Elections are administered by each state.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct. 30, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    Anyone who is commenting about what should be done before knowing all the facts and the damage that has been caused is speaking out of turn. American have a fundamental right to vote, and all efforts should be made to allow everyone who wants to vote, be able to vote. I'm sure Romney would even want that.

    With that said, let's wait and see what backup plans here are, as apparently there are multiple ways to vote at the 11th hour that I didn't know about.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 30, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    Talking to Russian premier Putin, Obama said he'd be more flexible after winning the election.

    Flexible in what way?

    Let the election go on, and Obama can take his flexibility somewhere else.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 3:45 p.m.

    We went through wars we were fighting without postponing elections. Elections are defined for being at the polls on the certain day as prescribed in the Constitution of the United States of America. The federal and states have modified that process to allow people to vote early and by absentee ballots to give everyone an opportunity to vote, that want to do that part of our rights.

    To set a precedence for the United States of America would be wrong as then other types of situations would then potentially alter that process. The city of New York a modification around 9/11/2001 but that was not a national election.

    There was an impact for the time but there are alternate ways for people to vote between now and then that are authorized under various different rules. The first Tuesday in November is a sacred day and should be observed as that. There are electronic methods in various polling and alternate polling places. There are absentee ballots and secondary or backup ways to process votes.

    Our country has much more flexibility than the pioneers and others had in the past.

    Leadership is showing we can accomplish our mission without excuses.