Have you voted yet? A record number of Americans will be voting in this Presidential election by mail (though not online, but that’s an entirely different subject). I just got my mail ballot a couple days ago, and will probably shoot it out by next weekend.
Like it or not, vote-by-mail is here to stay. On the plus side, voting by mail saves cities and states a lot of money, and is quite convenient: you don’t have to deal with lines, and you study up on the issues and candidates at home. On the minus side, if you make a mistake, your vote might not be counted. In contract, many voting machines these day “spit out” ballots if a voter has made a mistake.
How will vote-by-mail affect the Presidential election? It all depends. It looks like the Obama campaign’s on the ball, but we’ll only know for sure on November 6.
Meanwhile, go vote!
— Gautam Dutta