Should voting be easier?

Posted Nov. 02, 2009, at 3:57 p.m.

Maine often boasts of having the highest voter turnout in the nation at elections. The Secretary of State has predicted a 35 percent turnout, which is strong for an off-year election, but still a poor showing. The state’s early voting option – essentially an absentee

ballot completed at the polling place days or weeks in advance – certainly facilitates the process. But could it be made easier still? What about “Election Days,” with voting allowed on the first Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of November? Any other ideas from other countries that could boost turnout?