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  • Cover design by Chris Tobar Rodriguez
  • This year Americans are taking advantage of early voting more than ever before – because it’s an option in more states than ever before. As of press day (Monday, Oct. 31), more than 22 million ballots had already been cast in the United States. In Florida, slightly more Republican voters (44.8 percent) had taken advantage of early voting than Democrats (44.3 percent), and anyone who remembers the recount debacle of 2000 should be horrified to see how close those percentages are. Please, not again. Have mercy! Most early voters cite the ease of voting on their own schedule, rather than trying to scramble to get to the precinct on a work day only to encounter jammed lots and long lines, as their reason for taking advantage of that option. Others vote early by mail because they’re out of their home state (students, military, ex-pats). A few this year are voting early for fear that some Trumpets will do as they’ve threatened online and patrol the polls while strapped, thanks to open-carry laws. When partisan tensions are running high, armed private citizens seem like a frightening proposition. Whatever their reasons, our cover represents just a fraction of the Orlandoans who took advantage of early voting and voting by mail, two innovations we heartily support. Anything that increases the chances of everyone being able to vote is a fine thing; anyone who disagrees is not to be trusted. We also heartily support the tradition of the “I Voted!” selfie – if selfies have to be a thing in this world, all the better when they model good civic behavior. A note on voting photos, however: It’s unclear whether anyone has ever received a ticket for it, but do remember that in Florida, it’s illegal to take a picture of your ballot or of yourself in the voting booth. Stick with the sticker after you leave the polls and you’re gold.
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  • Nov 2-8, 2016
  • Vol. 32, No. 46

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