In Some States, People Will Be Able to Vote Before First Debate
Some states will allow voters to cast ballots for the 2020 election before the first scheduled presidential debate, which is scheduled for September 29th.
According to Just the News, these states include Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming, which, according to data collected by the National Conference of State Legislatures, allow in-person “early voting” prior to the date of the debate.
Just the News reports further that even though Pennsylvania does not allow in-person early voting, “some counties in the battleground state will begin making mail-in ballots available to voters as early as 50 days before Election Day on Nov. 3. The state of Maine makes absentee ballots available as early as 45 days before the election.”
In addition, many North Carolinians will see absentee ballots mailed out starting the first week of September.
Because of this, the Trump campaign has asked that Commission on Presidential Debates schedule additional presidential debates at earlier dates.
Samantha Zager, the Trump campaign’s deputy national press secretary, told Just the News that “[W]e’ve asked for more — and earlier — debates with Joe Biden to give Americans the opportunity to hear from Biden himself before they cast their ballots about how he has become a Trojan horse for the radical left.”
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien told Fox News that the campaign is going to “keep applying pressure to the Biden campaign” on having more debates.
A Reuters poll from the 2016 presidential election cycle found that half of likely voters rely on the debates to decide who to vote for in the general election. As such, there should be earlier debates, so that voters will have a clearer picture on what vision for America they are voting for.