Several years ago, the Democrats realized something: in many states they held a decided registration lead, but they were still losing elections. For some reason, they couldn’t turn out their base. Perhaps it was culture, perhaps it was work, perhaps it was a welfare mentality of some of their voters.
So they came up with an ingenious method of boosting their turnout: expand the voting “day” to weeks! This was especially good for African-American communities, where churches held a service, had a pot-luck lunch, then buses showed up to tote people to the polls (which were conveniently open on Sunday).
A pattern developed: Republicans (except for Iowa for some reason) tended to dominate absentee mail-in voting; then when “early voting” (meaning “early walk-in voting”) commenced, Democrats would rapidly catch up and even lead. This was especially true in Florida and Ohio.
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