This hotly-contested battleground U.S. Senate race debate proves exactly why early voting should be eliminated

Not long ago, if you wanted to vote, you had to show up at the ballot box, in person, on election day. 

Over time, many states have added provisions to make voting “more accessible,” including early voting, mail-in voting, and in 2020, some even added unmanned ballot drop boxes. 

But this hotly-contested battleground U.S. Senate race debate proves exactly why early voting should be eliminated. 

Dr. Oz vs. Fetterman

RINO Sen. Pat Toomey is retiring from the United States Senate, leaving the Pennsylvania seat open in the 2022 Midterms. 

The winner of the Keystone State seat could end up deciding whether Republicans or Democrats control the majority in the Upper Chamber for the next two years. 

Following a bloody primary, Dr. Mehmet Oz struggled initially to catch up to current Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in the polls. 

But as Dr. Oz has shone a spotlight on Fetterman’s pro-crime record, the television host has closed the gap and turned this into one of the most competitive races in the country. 

Fetterman’s lead in the RealClearPolitics average has slipped all the way down to 1.3-points. 

One recent poll even has Dr. Oz tied with the hoodie-wearing Lt. Governor. 

However, hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians voted before the Oz surge. 

And after watching the recent debate between the two candidates, many of those voters are likely wishing they could have their ballots back. 

You can watch the full, cringeworthy debate on Rumble above. 

We knew it would be bad, but not THAT bad

Before the debate, Democrats were out in force lowering expectations for Fetterman, who suffered a severe stroke back in May. 

However, right from the start, Fetterman’s performance was even worse than the low expectations set. 

He began the debate, saying, “Hi, goodnight everybody.”

In hindsight, he probably wishes that had been the end of the debate, but it was only the beginning, and it only got worse from there. 

There are too many embarrassing moments to list. 

But perhaps the most embarrassing was when the moderators actually had a journalistic moment and called Fetterman out for lying about his support for fracking. 

Even Democrats, immediately following the debate, were forced to admit how painful the debate was for Fetterman. 

That is, until word came down from on high that if you criticize Fetterman’s performance, that means you’re an “ableist.”  

Fetterman is lucky many Pennsylvanians have already cast their ballots – utilizing early voting – before seeing his poor excuse for a debate performance. 

Voters regretting early ballots

The Pennsylvania Senate debate has sparked a conversation about the problems with early voting, and that, perhaps, it’s time to do away with it. 

Political strategist, Greg Price pointed out on Twitter that Keystone State residents have already been voting for four weeks. 

According to CNN, 640,000 votes had already been cast in the race prior to the debate. 

CNN went on to report that 73% of the early vote has been cast by Democrats, compared to just 19% from Republicans. 

That’s almost a half-million Democrats casting ballots before seeing the level of Fetterman’s ability to form coherent sentences, let alone work a full-time job, much less one serving in the United States Senate.  

How many of those Democrats would have decided against checking the box for Fetterman had early voting not been an option?

Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow in the Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center, argues that early voting allows a proliferation of ill-informed voters. 

“There is . . . no question that when voters cast their ballots weeks before Election Day, they do so without the same access to knowledge about the candidates and the issues as those who vote on Election Day,” Spakovsky said. “When there are late-breaking developments in campaigns that could be important to the choices made by voters, those who have voted early cannot change their votes.”

Should states get rid of early voting?