WAVE 3 Editorial – April 17, 2012: Voting Challenges - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

WAVE 3 Editorial – April 17, 2012: Voting Challenges

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By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager

Kentucky ranks in the top three in a category it shouldn't - being one of the most difficult places to vote.

In seven states, polls are open for 14 hours. In 20 states, polls are open for 13 hours. One state offers voting for 15 hours.

Half the states offer voting for 12 hours, but Kentucky and Indiana are the only places where polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., rather than 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., making it extra tough for people caught in traffic to vote after work. Polls stay open if you are in line in the evening so an additional hour if key to capturing more after work voters. Standing in line is not really an option before work if you need to be at work.

At least Indiana is among the two-thirds of the states that have some sort of early voting. You can go to your county clerk's office in Indiana up to 29 days before Election Day and vote in person without an excuse. You can't do this in Kentucky, although you can vote absentee with an excuse.

Indiana's primary is May 8 and Kentucky's May 22. Low turnout may plague both, as it has in many previous elections. Expanding the voting hours by at least one hour and offering additional no excuse early voting would enhance turnout.

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