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November 2, 2008

Lazy Voter Syndrome

A part of me is so excited that Election Day is two days from now. I'm so relieved to know that NPR and the NYT will talk about something else in a week or two.

On the other hand, I'm dreading it a bit. I've been lazy and haven't read my ballot yet. Haven't figured out who I'm voting for. Now don't get all riled up by that statement. My presidential selection was secured when Obama out-machined the Clinton machine. That's not why I dread going to the voting booth.

I need to read all those damn propositions. Especially the local ones that get no air time. And I'm sure there are more judges on the ballot. How the hell are you supposed to vote for a judge? That is the most asinine part of voting.

Even my Congressional choice is a no brainer. The Republican nominee sent me postcards with the tagline "drill baby drill." Anyone who thinks that is phrase in any way represents serious public policy does not deserve to be on the ballot, let alone a major party candidate. It was also intriguing that he chose to send me a picture of my current Congressman rather than using his own photo on his postcard. I suppose the conservatives who surround me would be less likely to vote for a right wing nut in a turban than they would to vote against an incumbent "corrupt" Democrat.

So yes, there are easy choices on the ballot. Voting to keep abortion access legal for all women regardless of age. Voting to not add blatant discrimination to my state's constitution. The unlikely event of my matrimony will not be affected in any way by the ability of my fellow citizens to marry. Have to say, I'm relieved that the founders of the country did a few things right...even if they saddled us with this completely undemocratic Electoral College....

But a sales tax hike to pay for public trans in this economy? And I'm not even sure what else is on the ballot. I know. I need to do my civic duty and read the damn thing before Tuesday morning. I will. But I still have the right to grumble about it.

Posted by cj at November 2, 2008 9:01 PM


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