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One week to go

29 Oct

One week to go before Election Day.  This is always a fun week for me to watch friends and loved ones start to finalize their choices for next Tuesday:  “I don’t like my party’s candidate, but I’m tired of holding my nose.”  “I’ve been so busy that I haven’t paid attention to who is on the ballot.”  “Which offices are being decided this year?”  

 

Me?  I’ve never had too much internal turmoil with my votes, thanks to writing in my votes.  It’s not that I don’t care:  I pay close attention to politics on three levels (local, state, and federal), and can usually tell you who’s running.  I feel I do a pretty good job vetting all the candidates, with some being disqualified earlier than others; because of this, I have actually voted for someone actually on the ballot.  I’m not entirely dismissive of anyone that makes it on, but it’s pretty damn close.

 

This is one advantage that I feel write-in voting has:  It eases a lot of internal turmoil and mental anguish that can be invoked from not being completely in love with your party’s candidate.  I believe that many voters have this perception of <b>needing</b> to choose between two candidates, as that’s the impression that seems to be built up by many sources (media, peers, etc).  With a write-in vote, the choices expand to the limits of one’s capability to imagine.

 

It’s also great fun.  I’ll be relaxed on Tuesday.

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Everything has a beginning

31 Jul

So. This is the inaugral post to this blog, which is the first public manifestation of an idea that has been brewing in my head. For a very…

very…

very…long time. The idea is a simple one, but does not appear to be commonly used as a positive force. I’ve never understood this, because it seems to be present in every federal and state election, and many local elections. It is a simple option that can be used to say many things; although the meaning may be only a personal one, those tend to be the ones that have the greatest impact on one’s life.

The idea is this: If you don’t like who is on the ballot, write in someone you do.

I hope this concept grows over time, in both size and stature. Getting it out is the first step of this journey. Where it goes is something yet to be seen…I am curious.

Hello. Won’t you come along?