Ultimately, more than 46 million people are expected to vote early this year, according to NBC News. These numbers are much higher than those posted during the 2008 presidential election, and much of that is the result of get-out-the-vote campaigns working to circumvent voter disenfranchisement, suppression and confusion brought on by vacillating voter-ID laws, some of which have been overturned in states such as Pennsylvania.
Here’s hoping the states without early voting will join the newly popular bandwagon and turn Election Day into what Mos Def described in a 2008 Rock the Vote clip as “a bonanza.”
Hillary Crosley is The Root‘s New York City bureau chief. Follow her on Twitter.