If you watched Sean Hannity's show on Fox Monday night, you heard me oppose early voting, which has begun already in some states, five weeks before election day.
Absentee voting for people who will legitimately be out of town on election day is a long tradition and a convenience, but allowing people to vote this soon, even before the first debate, can skew the results in a close election.
Suppose the person for whom you voted early is a disaster in the debates? What if a world event occurs and the candidate's reaction to it causes you to change your mind about his competence? Suppose new information comes to light that reveals corruption or incompetence? If you vote early, it will be too late to change your vote.
And there is always the possibility of cheating with early voting and mail-order ballots.
If people can't demonstrate civic responsibility by setting aside time on election day, or voting absentee, they probably don't need to be voting at all.
My wife and I will be at the polls early on election day. Will you?
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: September 26, 2012