I think the polls should be opened at 7 a.m. in the earliest time zone in the U.S. on Election Day and closed at 7 p.m. in the latest time zone of the U.S., maybe allow a 24 hour period (in each time zone) for everyoneto vote. All political ads should be discontinued when those first polls open, especially in national office votes. Furthermore, no results should be allowed to be published or broadcast by the “leakers” until the last polls close in the latest time zone of the country. That keeps those who want to be in the winner’s circle from being “swayed” in their vote. The only exception to this should be our military folks who should also be required to get their vote in by the voting day postmark, providing that they receive their ballots on time. If you can’t make it to the voting booth in that time or have it postmarked by then, too bad! Any zone that “leaks” the area’s results is disqualified f rom further participation and that zone’s vote is up for litigation, no excuses. That would afford a completely unbiased vote by everyone.
Then we wait until all ballots are received and count them then. No more gambling on the outcome, now or never. I get so ticked off hearing about how they voted in New York three hours before our polls close. I’m pretty sure this has swayed more than one election. I also think “they” should stop giving free cigarettes and cell phones to people living under a bridge to buy their vote. That should be illegal. It’s called “bribery” in the real world. Let the best man/woman win!