Despite what you have heard, Election Day is not 4 November, 2008.
In fact, Election Day is not a day at all. In at least 34 states, Election Day stretches for as much as 2 weeks.
Why is that? How is it fair?
I think that everyone voting in the same race should have the same procedure. If a village or city wants to have a local election period run for more than a day, then they have that right, but in a Federal election, where the entire country will be voting, the election should be the same for each registered voter.
That means the same day, the same schedule (adjusted for time zones), and the same voting format.
In 2000, if the entire country used the voting machines that are used in NY, there would have been no confusion about 'dimpled' or 'hanging' chads in Florida or in any of the other venues that used punch cards for voting.
As archaic as these machines are, they are reliable, and the results are not subject to interpretation.
Getting back to early voting..
I understand that there are circumstances that prevent someone from voting on the appointed day; I myself, will be out of the country on Election Day. There are contingencies made for such situations. It's called absentee balloting. In Monroe County, NY, it requires an application to be sent to the county board of elections in sufficient time. The ballot is mailed to the voter.
Having face to face open poles for as many as 2 weeks opens the way for untold voter fraud.
The more we stray from the foundation that the Founding Fathers laid out for us, the farther we slide towards socialism, and it is a slippery slope.