To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: Absentee voters are the hard workers, not the lazy Mr. Will, I disagree with your sentiment that, "surely the quality of the electoral turnout declines when the quantity is increased by 'convenience voting'". Your calculation is that people who cannot spend time at voting sites are lazy, uninterested, and uninformed. Effort is certainly one aspect in going to a polling place, but a far greater one is Time. Many who value their time cannot spend time in line waiting to vote, particularly if they live in poorer areas which tend to have understaffed and underfunded polling sites (see Ohio's urban areas 2004). Those with the highest time value are our tax base. People who work hard, especially those who have two jobs, or blue collar jobs, or work by the hour, are the ones who sacrifice the most by taking the time to visit a polling place. These are the people who support our country with their work. These are the people who benefit most from voting by mail. You do them a disservice by attributing them with sloth. If you argue that less convenient voting makes for higher quality votes, would you agree to mandate a four hour wait in line for all voters? Surely that would push voting to the point where only the most dedicated of people would vote.
In a related piece of hilarity, apparently Sarah Palin's soon-to-be son-in-law failed to register to vote and cannot vote in the November election:
[Levi] Johnston didn't register in time to vote, according to the Mat-Su Division of Elections Office in Wasilla. But he's still rooting for John McCain and Sarah Palin.
"I just hope she wins," he said. "She's my future mother-in-law. She better win."