I’ve got to complete my absentee ballot, since I’m leaving town Friday and won’t be able to drop off my ballot on Tuesday to save on postage. See my earlier entry. And the kicker is this ballot is going require 83 cents!
Anyways, some of the selections are no brainers: President, stem cell research. But there are so many propositions on the ballot, some concern unfamiliar pieces of legislation. And even though I’m a civil servant, and do some policy work, I really can’t figure out what all those propositions are really about, when I read the voter’s guide.
In some ways, it’s been a bit of relief that most of these props aren’t particularly of interest to wealthy lobbyists, otherwise there would have been more ads on them (Political ads on TV irk me particulary, I’m always relieved on Wednesdays after, when they cease.) But in a way, it also feels like I know less about them.
Most people vote no on issues they don’t understand. I usually just leave those blank: my theory is that would be least harm done.
We make such a big deal about the right to vote; and this year voter registration has hit record highs. An encouraging sign, but also scary . . . if you don’t know what it’s about that you’re voting on, isn’t there a possibility that you could be manipulated into voting for something that might not actually align with your choices? Voting is a right, cherished or taken for granted. But it is also a huge responsibility, it takes a lot of work on each individual to exercise it properly.