Sunday, October 29, 2006

I Know I Said I Wouldn't Do It, But

The election. I know, I know: I wasn't going to write anything else about it before THE DAY. But these thoughts are fairly benign. For me, anyway. So here goes:
  • Everyone who votes should do so by absentee ballot. I've spent a couple of hours today with my ballot and the Official Voter Information Guide--you really can't get it all from :30 and :60 spots, ya know. I tend to wade too deep into some of this stuff, but I know that I can't keep it all in my head and I KNOW I don't want to spend two hours in the voting booth while I re-read the text of the various initiatives and propositions and candidate statements. Especially since Tuesday is not one of Hannah's school days.
  • The one glaringly empty box on my ballot right now is the one under "Governor." I'm not sure that I trust Arnold (does he need a last name?), but I just can't connect with, like, believe in the distressingly bland Phil Angelides, who--I swear--has made so little impact that I just had to look up his name. I'm leaning toward Peter Camejo (Green Party), but I might just write in Thomas, who would, after all, make an excellent governor.
  • The candidates from the two major parties need to stop thinking that everyone knows who they are and what they stand for. Those ads I mentioned before? They kinda get lost in the fog from the steaming pile that spews from our televisions for seemingly years on end. Please, submit a statement to the Voter Information Guide. Not everyone looks for the little "R" and "D" on the ballot. I hope.
  • The American Independent Party of California is not what you think it is. Make sure you look them up before you register. If that's not what you were looking for, choose "Decline to State." Excuse me, I need to go wash my browser now.


misskrob said...

So, once again, we are very aligned here. I vote absentee all the time. Because I need to cast my votes in stages, I take them one at a time. It is a long, drawn out process for me.

I have already voted for Peter Camejo. I didn't want to get caught in the trap of voting AGAINST someone and I just couldn't vote for Arnold or Phil. No way.

I also have been chewing on prop 87. I had a gut feeling although the information was confusing to me. I asked a couple people at work and they confirmed my gut feeling so I went with it (FOR 87).

Proposition 85 was a no brainer for me, but then, I don't have little girls either.

Melanie K said...

Well, it was a no-brainer for me too; you can't legislate a relationship between the girl and her parents. And a girl who can't bring herself to tell her parents, 9 out of 10 times, has a really good reason. But then, I'm one of those wackos who thinks that vaccinating against HPV is a good idea.

The hardest one for me, believe it or not, was Prop. 83.