Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Are you waiting until Tuesday to vote?

Most voters cast their ballots on Election Day. However, a growing percentage of voters is opting to vote early. 

Early voting has proven to be flawed. Deroy Murdock, a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University provides a listing of voting problems in various parts of the country during this year’s mid-term elections in the National Review.

Linda Chavez, chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity prefers to vote on Election Day and admits being “self-righteous” on the topic. Chavez writes that early voting “eliminates an important public exercise of civic duty, one that helps build a sense of community and responsibility. Election Day is the only time citizens come together in their communities in one place at one time to engage in an important civic activity. When I go to the polls on Tuesday, I will see my neighbors, meet political volunteers, and judge for myself how well election officials are handling their duties.”

Deroy Murdock and Linda Chavez are both right.

Murdock says, “Physically voting at the polls is a vital exercise in self-government. It also gives election officials a chance to deter or catch cheaters. Voting at home while clad in a towel prevents such scrutiny.”   

Can America restore honesty to its voting system? Murdock thinks so:

“Step one is for the American people to march valiantly to the polls Tuesday and dislodge those who have brought the country to this point. Then, with a new Congress rededicated to limited government, public integrity, accountability, and the rule of law, the American people should demand photo-ID requirements at the polls, serious jail time for vote fraudsters, a rollback in absentee ballots and early voting, and other steps to establish voting norms worthy of the Home of the Brave.”

Ultimately, Linda Chavez nails it:

Choosing our elected officials is the most important thing we do as Americans. Is it really too much to ask that we set aside a few minutes every two years to go to the polls and cast our vote?”

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