It is estimated that approximately one-third of all ballots cast in the upcoming general election will NOT be cast on Election Day, November 4th, 2008. Instead, one-third of all voters will utilize their state’s Early Voting system.
This election cycle has thirty states that offer an Early Voting system, in one form or another. To see what impact this may have on the election, one need only look at the dates that some of the states begin this process.
In the battleground state of Virginia, Early Voting begins on Friday, September 19th, followed by Idaho on September 22nd, Missouri and South Dakota on September 23rd. (For the complete list, http://www.bipac.net/calendar_gen.asp?g=nam_gotv ).
What makes this so important is the fact that the Republicans have experienced a major boost since the Republican Convention, and this will carryover to the Early Voting. Throughout the election cycle, a common note has been stated, in that Sen. Obama has yet to “close the deal” with the American public. Beginning September 19th, he may have lost any chance to do so. Unfortunately, we must still wait until November 4th to see John McCain acknowledge receiving Barack Obama’s concession phone call.