District 8 Mess Illustrates the Problems With Early Voting


MINOT, N.D. — I have always been skeptical of early voting. I like voting, on Election Day, in a gymnasium, or a church fellowship hall with my fellow citizens. I like standing in line and eavesdropping on some of the last-minute deliberations friends and siblings and married couples engage in before voting.

I like getting a ballot from a former teacher of mine, or maybe an old neighbor, and taking an “I Voted” sticker on my way out.

But this year, I voted early, sending in my ballot the day it showed up in my mailbox.

There’s a pandemic on, in case you hadn’t heard, and no really competitive races on my ballot.

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