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Early Voting Reform: A Ticking Time Bomb

11:15 AM, Oct 18, 2012 • By ROBERT K. KELNER
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The traditional American system for elections is imperfect, of course, but it has survived the test of time. Today's multiplicity of reform experiments intended to expand voter participation—early voting is just one of many examples—are destabilizing that traditional system and are laden with unintended consequences. Elections are serious things. We tamper with them at our peril. There are some glaring weaknesses in our electoral system, but the traditional civic act of voting in neighborhood polling places on Election Day isn’t one of them.

Robert K. Kelner is chairman of Covington & Burling LLP’s Election and Political Law Practice Group in Washington, D.C. The views expressed are his own.

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