Yes, today is the day before the US elects the next president and all those other politicians going to Washington, the state legislatures, and all those local offices. The campaigns this year have been especially vicious and there has been an exceptional amount of scandal related to the candidates this year. One in particular is quite perplexing as to why the person was even allowed to run for the office. But, that is what power and money can do for the upper echelon of folks out there.
I’ll go do my duty and vote. I do consider it a duty to become as informed as I can and cast my vote for those I believe will be the best for the country (state & local too) and represent me the best. I never totally agree with everything a politician says during a campaign. I can’t agree with everything my spouse says and we think a lot alike. I suppose that comes from living and making decisions together for over 36 years. It is a chore to find out what ideologies everyone on my ballot represents. The state and local candidates are the most difficult to discern. What are the issues of our small community that I can use to decide who would be the best Mayor? Nothing is said about what issues the city faces other than street repairs and both candidates agree on that issue, but, I have decided that maybe the younger man with a whole slew of community service experiences compared the to guy who is as old enough to be my father and only has a couple of community service experiences all associated with his particular church affiliation, would be the better choice.
Then there all those other things, the county commissioner, the Public Power District, the Learning Community coordinating council, the State Board of Education, the river NRD, to mention those I’ve actually researched. Discovering which district for each of those was a chore too. I did finally, discover a web page for my county that gives me the candidate information based on my address. That was particularly helpful. I also like to check out the League of Women Voters chapter for my area because they always have a voters guide from questionnaires they send to candidates and I like to see the candidates responses. If a candidate does not respond to their questionnaire then I am unlikely to vote for that candidate. Why not respond to the questions? Is there an opinion the candidate doesn’t really want to address? Does that candidate not care about his or her constituency enough to respond to questionnaires that would help voters make decisions? Why didn’t that candidate respond?
Tomorrow I head off to my poling place with my list of candidates that I’ve chosen to vote for with the hope that my decisions are good and my chosen candidates win. Everyone hopes their candidates will win. I don’t have TV service of any kind, no cable TV, no free waves set up, so I won’t be able to easily follow the election coverage on election day. All I use is internet and I suppose I’ll find a way to see what is going on. Last time there was a general election I had cable TV, I’ve since discontinued that service.
Go vote, be informed about the candidates and the issues. Ignore all the mud-slinging garbage designed to distract voters from the real issues and be informed. Arrive at your polling place armed with your own list of candidates you’ve chosen. If there are other things that will be on your local ballot, make a decision just what side you are on before you go vote on things like bond issues, changes in your states law, or whatever they put up for the people to decide, be informed.