Today is Election Day in the United States, and I want to encourage everyone who is eligible, to vote. Voting is like steering a ship; the more people vote, the more likely it is that the ship goes in the right direction, but if few people vote, it is easy for the ship to go off in a random direction.
This year there will be the biggest get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort in history. Republicans will make more phone calls to likely voters than they did in 2008, and Democrats will be out on the streets, knocking on doors. If you want to make the Get-Out-the-Vote effort for your party more effective, you can do that by voting early in the day. Then when the GOTV volunteers talk to you, you will be able to tell them that you have already voted, and they can quickly thank you and go on to the next name on their list. If you are committed to voting, by voting early, you may allow the GOTV volunteers to reach more voters who might need the extra encouragement to go vote.