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About Nancy Salvato
Nancy Salvato is the President and Director of Education and the
Constitutional Literacy Program for
non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) research and educational
project whose mission is to re-introduce the American public to
the basic elements of our constitutional heritage while
providing non-partisan, fact-based information on relevant
socio-political issues important to our country, specifically
the threats of aggressive Islamofascism and the American Fifth
Column. She serves as a Senior Editor for The New Media Journal.
She received her BA in history from Loyola University and her
M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from National-Louis
University. She is certified to teach in grades K-9 and 6-12
and as a teacher has worked with students in preschool, 1st,
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th,
9th, 11th, and 12th grades. She
has also worked as an adjunct instructor at the graduate school
level. She continues to augment her education and areas of
expertise by taking college courses and participating in a
variety of workshops.
Nancy Salvato, Senior Editor
The Hidden Costs of Voting Early
October 21, 2008
Voting early in the presidential election?
Seems like a great idea to many Americans.
For folks who have done their homework and believe themselves absolutely
certain that their mind is made up about who they want to win an
election, there is probably nothing to lose. For the person who reads
all the information available regarding each of the candidates, even an
October surprise will likely not come as a surprise. Rather, it will
probably validate his or her existing beliefs about who should be our
"More than 100,000 people cast their ballots in the first week of early
voting in Chicago and suburban Cook County that began Oct. 13.”
It is guaranteed there will be countless more numbers of folks heading
to the polls when it’s most convenient for them.
This is because there are "31 states (plus the District of Columbia)
that allow voters to cast ballots in person ahead of time without
providing election officials with a reason they can't be there on
This "means that as both presidential campaigns shift from registering
voters to getting out the vote, the election has actually already
started. As much as 30 percent of the votes cast this fall will probably
come in before Nov. 4, according to the National Association of
Secretaries of State.”
Why shouldn’t a person take advantage of the opportunity to cast his or
her ballot a few weeks before the election instead of on Election Day?
What could the early exercise of one’s civic responsibility possibly
"It takes more money and more organization to deal with a longer voting
 Clearly, the
Obama campaign has much more money to spend on their candidate’s
election than the McCain camp. So this works to their advantage.
Early voters, "may miss out on the candidates' performance in debates or
be unable to factor in other late-developing election events.”
"Voters who send in ballots by mail give up the privacy of the voting
booth. Elderly or otherwise vulnerable voters can be subject to pressure
or coercion from family members or political operatives.”
"Absentee ballots have long been the biggest source of attempts to
manipulate elections.” The expression, "vote early, vote often”
is not without more than a grain of truth.
For the demographic that receives news in 30 second sound bites, gleans
information from partisan media sources, or is undecided, the next two
weeks may prove crucial to feeling confident about whether to vote for a
particular candidate. For these demographics alone, critical information
that has been kept out of the mainstream media or has been painted as
irrelevant to the candidacies must be allowed to surface and influence
their decision making process. Those invested in setting the record
straight and exposing political spin need these next two weeks to
persuade would be voters as to why they should listen to contrary
opinions about what is at stake in the election. An October surprise
could definitely seal the deal for an undecided voter.
Guaranteed, unless a person is a political animal, he or she won’t have
been following the race in the same way sports aficionados follow the
stats of the teams in a given sport. Rather, people will be tuning into
the election these next two weeks the same way large numbers of folks
tune into the World Series or the Super Bowl. Because they haven’t been
following the teams in any great detail, they’ll be learning about the
players and their records during the finale.
"James Carville, political consultant and aphorist, says: Nothing
validates a candidate to voters as much as other voters.”
If people go to the polls during a swing in public opinion for one of
the candidates, they may vote emotionally instead of rationally. These
days, much of the information released about the candidates must be
dissected and discussed before it can be considered reliable. It’s hard
to distinguish what is fact from fiction because the news is slanted by
the opinion of the reporters. Unless a voter is a hard core news junkie,
it’s hard to know who to trust. Complicating matters, the education
system in this country is not providing voters a well rounded education
that teaches them to think for themselves. Much of what students learn
these days is colored by a politically correct agenda or by the
instructors charged with them. For some people, it will take longer to
separate the wheat from the chaff to come to a decision.
Deciding how to cast a vote in an election is much like going to the
grocery store. The buyer must understand that political operatives are
working behind the scenes to display their candidate in the most
flattering manner. This is no different than producers paying extra
money to have their products prominently displayed at eye level and the
end caps to capture a shopper’s interest. This doesn’t mean their
products offer the most value or even provide what the buyer needs. A
person can experience huge buyer’s remorse when the "product” that is
bought turns out to be less than what it appeared. To prevent this from
happening, a good shopper looks at all the products and weighs cost
While it’s not for everyone, this is one voter who plans to exercise
civic responsibility when it’s most convenient. But I’ve looked at the
blue books and read the Consumer Reports. I understand what I’m buying.