Yeah, I know, the last thing you want to hear about is me complaining about political ads again. However, I actually have an idea here. You all will have to let me know what you think.
You know how you can vote early in some states by absentee ballot? Why not extend that. Why not let people send in absentee ballots as soon as they have made up their minds about a candidate (as long as the actual candidates have been cemented). Why make them wait until an actual election?
Let’s take it further than that. For such people who vote early, is the campaign even relevant anymore? Do politicians want to spend their money reaching such people. No. They would want to focus on people who haven’t voted yet.
As such, why not let early voters opt out of campaign ads? Perhaps there could be a registry that tracks who has already voted in each state. Perhaps there could be a database where campaigns could get addresses to remove people from mailing lists so they don’t spend unnecessary money on postage. Perhaps TVs and browsers could have a setting letting broadcasters know that this just isn’t relevant for the particular viewer anymore. Perhaps there could be an “already voted” registry similar to the do not call lists.
I’m just throwing some ideas out there. I’d just like to get the election over so we can get back to the business of the country. I know that probably isn’t possible, but I can always dream.