Although I understand the practicality of newer voting options such as having a season of voting rather than one day, and mail-in voting rather than voting at polling sites, I prefer the traditional way.
When one day is set aside for voting across the country it is marked as an important and national event. There is solidarity in that, and also a subtle pressure to participate. Voting in absentia (which I often have to do because I am out-of-state) takes the fun out of it for me. I really miss the excitement of going to the poll, proving I am entitled to vote, and pulling the levers or filling out a ballot. My preference would be to put the ballot into a box, but I will concede that.
There is another reason I don’t like mail-in voting. It is so…solitary. We need more reasons to feel united and connected, not less. It is a good thing to vote in a place physically, and with strangers, people who you may not agree with on some issues, but yet you are connected as citizens who share the same rights, responsibilities and citizenship.
“To vote is like the payment of a debt, a duty never to be neglected, if its performance is possible.” –Rutherford B. Hayes (19th U.S. President)