I vote in every election even if there’s nothing I’m excited about. We’ve voted by mail here in Oregon since the ‘90s and it works great. The ballot is in front of you for days and you never get sideswaggled behind the little curtain by some race or measure you weren’t expecting. (Those curtains were made of hospital gowns. You can expect the people in line are judging you by your thighs and fanny. I tend to shift my weight to my left hip so I never fooled anybody.)
We get a gigantic Voter’s Pamphlet with our ballots. Even an unarmed Democrat could take out an intruder with it. So there’s plenty to study. Differentiating between candidates in a single-party primary is tricky. Every Democratic candidate from Governor to Labor Commissioner supports abortion rights, encourages inclusiveness around BIPOCLGBTQIA2S+ issues, and believes something really must be done about climate change. Your choice might come down to what order they put it all in.
It’s the same on the other side. Every last fevered one of them is anti-abortion, pro-gun rights, anti-Critical Race Theory (aka History), and anti-immigrant. Each vows to take a strong stand against biological males in female restrooms and rabid coatimundis in the schools.
It’s easier in the non-partisan elections. Everyone believes something should be done about the homeless situation, aka “conversation around coalition building and support for persons experiencing houselessness” (Dem) or “wretched refuse yearning to poop in your yard” (Rep). Already, we all know who we’re voting for, but it’s fun to read on sometimes. One candidate proposes to address the crisis “by putting a complete stop to it.” All righty then! (His slogan is “Better With Bali,” which is also the motto for my underwear drawer.)
Listed occupations and experience can be entertaining. One fellow states his occupation is “Member of the working class” and his prior governmental experience is “Subject to it.” One senses an attitude. Another lists his job as “full time candidate” which is about as much experience as you can hope for in a candidate. Also, he quotes Cat Stevens.
Which is better than that other dude who quotes Clarence Thomas. I would never have imagined anyone of any persuasion choosing Clarence Thomas to quote, but I wish more people aligned with him would. CT can go years without saying a damn thing.
Here’s a guy running for City Council because he believes God, Family, Friends, and Country are being attacked. Which is horrible. I think God can take care of himself but if anyone is attacking my friends, family, or country, I certainly want someone to care of the situation while I hide in the basement.
And then there’s the fellow running for our regional government president to abolish our regional government.
There’s a Republican running for U.S. Senate who describes himself as a “self-employed philosophy teacher”—I believe that means he lectures through a megaphone on the street corner—and he notes that since Trump left office the politicians are standing against We the People by using the COVID event and Climate Change to advance their heinous agendas. Weirdly, he also rails against the transfer of wealth to the top, which is pretty much the entire Republican platform.
One candidate says he will reign in crime, which would be an excellent slogan for the Al Capone for Congress Campain. Hey. Sue me. I am bothered by sloppy writing. I don’t expect everyone to have a gift for it but at least get someone else to look over your copy first, you know? While we’re at it, instant deduction for anyone using “We the People” as an object of a sentence.
That’ll pare down the list right there.
Voting by mail is a new thing for us . I vote in every election too but always went to the advance polls. A friend mentioned how easy it was to vote by mail so I signed us up. Within a couple days we had the packets and we voted and sent them back the same day. Ours here in Canada seem to be a lot simpler than yours are!
I didn’t vote for the changeover to vote-by-mail because I sort of liked the community feeling of walking to the polling place. But I was won over fast.
We vote in every election, too, but we just have to walk a couple blocks to our polling place. We never had voting by mail here in Delaware until the pandemic. I’m not sure if it’s here to stay or not. I hope so, not for us, because we like the walk and are unlikely to vote by mail (especially considering our crappy post office here), but for the people who aren’t so close to a polling place, and maybe don’t have a car. (Our mass transit is crappy, too.)
We don’t get much information on candidates and what they believe or promise to do. We used to when our local paper was published by Gannett. The League of Women Voters would put out a whole big section on the candidates and ask them insightful questions. Now that our paper is published by the USA Today network, it, too, is crappy. Literally, because I mainly buy it for cage paper for my parrots. No more sections on candidates anymore. Hardly any local reporters. Everything is pulled off the wires.
That’s a pity. I still maintain I’m a better voter for having the whole ballot in front of me for days.
I have not missed an election since Jimmy Carter ran for reelection in 1980 and I cast my first vote and attached a heartfelt prayer, neither of which amounted to much of anything of course as we got stuck with the Ron and Nancy Regime for 8 stupid–oh sorry. Um, I like voting from home too have been doing it for the last 3 years! Also, I live in the state where that fuckwad Mehmet Oz is running for Senate and if he wins I’m going to shoot myself in the head.
Wow… we live next door to each other! So to speak….
And how can Oz run for anything in PA when he lives in New Jersey?
Mimi howdy neighbor. Well, Oz is staying at his in-law’s house so there ya go. That’s all it takes, I guess. THANKS FOR NOTHING, OPRAH
At least it’s not Dr. Phil. Or is he running too?
“ I would never have imagined anyone of any persuasion choosing Clarence Thomas to quote, but I wish more people aligned with him would. CT can go years without saying a damn thing.”
Marking that one down in my Magical Murrmurations Notebook of True Wit.
Admit it. You are right now visualizing that grumpy-cat face.
The fact so many incompetent people running for Office are Voted in by incompetent Voters is staggering. I Vote… and l do think the one Citizen one Vote thing is Democracy in action… I look around at some of my fellow Citizens and the fact they are so easily manipulated and conned into Voting for a Lunatic and for the Extremists scares me. The Red Meat they’re baited with is comical and yet we know they fall for it each and every time. Very few Commercials deal with Issues, Solutions… it’s all about the assassination of the Character of whomever they’re running against, whether fabricated and Hate filled or not.
True. Sure wish we did have one person, one vote here, at least for President, but the electoral college has set us up for minority rule.
I have suggested to many, including many talking heads (by emails which they never read) that the phrase “Red Meat” should be replaced with “Chum and Offal.” It did not, as you may have noticed, catch on.
Sounds like a police buddy movie though.
I for one had to look up Offal… *LOL* At least I knew what Chum was!
It’s possible that Georgia had the worst and most ridiculous primary result last night. Herschel Walker won his by over 50 points. That boy ain’t right as the result of traumatic brain injury AND he says he has multiple personality disorder AND he has had restraining orders against him AND boasts about playing Russian roulette with his gun. He says it’s the ultimate competition.
That’s what I like in a Republican competitor though. Have at it, Hersch!
Ugh… we vote early now every time, but had to do it by mail each time Uncle had us out of country, and later found out some number of those didn’t get counted…. Makes you feel really proud and glad to serve your country, right? That was my tongue firmly in check, there.
One of the dudes in our Voter’s Pamphlet was running, in part, on the promise that he would bring back “In Person, Same Day Voting With Photo ID.”
I have always voted, no matter what. Our California county was a test county several years ago for all-mail in voting. It works quite well. There are lots of drop boxes including at the county offices AND you can vote in person there as well.
Now we have some idiots running to try to change that. Maybe they think Trump would have won CA if only…. geez. I do believe they will attempt to steal now every election they lose. My favorite Trump quote from 2016 is if he loses the election was rigged. If he wins it’s fair. How do people even take someone like seriously much less give them the keys to the nuclear arsenal??
Lindy, I have no idea how those clowns have any fans at all. None. Just found out on Rachel Maddow that Steve Mnuchin and Jared Kushner, after numerous visits to the Middle East, both got BILLIONS given to them by Saudi Arabia after Trump left office.
Take him (or them) seriously? From the start of Trump’s 2016 campaign it was clear that the man is a walking dogwhistle, and the dogwhistle says “Stick with me and you’ll get the race war I promised you!” EVERY WORD out of his mouth means that to the fans, nothing more and nothing less. So “content” and “meaning” are totally irrelevant. When the fans repeat the lies, they DON’T CARE if those things are truth or lies — they are just like cheers they can repeat to egg each other (and themselves) on to a violent rage. Exactly like shouts of “Sieg heil!”
Exactly what you just said.
Guess I’m anonymous.
Lindy in Grass Valley, CA
“One candidate says he will reign in crime, which would be an excellent slogan for the Al Capone for Congress Campain” made me laugh out loud.
Umm…campaign, directly above,
It ain’t any more misspelled than “reign in crime.”
I never thought reading about politicians could make me laugh, but you’ve managed it nicely. Thank you.
We’ve got some stellar politicians in this state. It probably keeps my spirits up.
Voted last week in the Federal election. Easier now as our local booth is a new High School gym.Used to be at an old primary school; lots of trip-hazards and narrow walkways. Also, the gym gives better results, apparently!
Still love that ballot on the kitchen counter…
I seem to recall a party lever in the booth my mom voted in when she took me in with her in CT. Ka-CHUNK. (Or was it Per-KLIK?) Saved lots of ink, I imagine.
How’s it hangin’, Chad?
I’m working on a punning reply in which I’d address you as Sue Dan, but I don’t think I’m going to get there.