When do elections start?

As media stories continue to tell us about the scramble of states to move their primaries earlier and earlier in 2008, the average voter is still not ready to make a decision for who should be president. Yet, with the growth of early and absentee voting, the early primaries may mean that some voters will cast a ballot before the end of 2007. Just yesterday Fred Thompson joined the ranks of Republican candidates and he has yet to articulate his positions, yet voters may have to choose whether or not to support him before they have a chance to get to know him. Perhaps more concerned citizens should let their representatives know that sensible voter choices are not promoted by forcing people to think about elections while they unwrap their holiday presents. Perhaps we should consider national or regional primaries that give everyone a chance to obtain the information they need to choose.

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