Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

The Informed Voter

Yikes! It takes a lot to become an informed voter! Democracy isn't easy! How many times have you walked into a polling booth and were greeted with a whole slew of names and offices that you had no idea how to cast your ballot? Oh sure. You have the big offices or bond issues already decided in your head, but then you see things like county commissioner or public utility commissioner and you look at the names like a confused puppy. Usually I then resort to party affiliation which is not the way to do things. I decided that this year I would become as informed as possible about every candidate I would voting for.

Thanks to the League of Women Voters and the local paper the chore was do-able, but not necessarily easy. I had to check things like my local districts for state senate and house as well as districts for other state agencies. Redistricting happens! Finally I was able to pull up all of the candidates side-by-side on the computer screen. I compared responses to various questions as well as experience and education. I finally got my sample ballot filled out. Of course I leaned pretty heavily toward the Democratic side, but several Republicans also made it to my list. It reminded me of the "good old days" when I was back in college and did all of the research so I could become the model citizen of responsibility. I eventually became jaded as I saw the choices as nothing more than choosing between a turd and a douche.

I found it interesting that I attempted to use a "reverse barometer" approach by looking at the Catholic Church's voters guide to see who they supported. That was a failure since they chose 99% Republican candidates. I guess most Democrats are baby killing pagans. *raises a paw* Correct! *LOL*
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