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I voted

California has lots of propositions on the ballot every time a vote comes around. They produce a voter information pamphlet including a summary of the proposition and arguments for and against.

The propositions that get on the ballot from citizen initiatives are sometimes worth voting for, but the rest of them are a shell game. I vote no on anything that is presented via an emotional appeal instead of a sound argument. I vote no on anything that's more complicated than it needs to be. That means I vote no on almost everything.

The voter information pamphlet also includes statements from most of the candidates. I consider voting for candidates who have well written statements that don't insult my intelligence and that actually say something. I figure anyone who can't write a good statement or hire someone who can do it for them is too stupid or too much of a weasel to be in office.

My requirement for statements that actually say something led me to vote for a fair number of Greens this year.

I voted for almost no major party candidates because most of them didn't fill out the NPAT from Vote Smart. I consider refusal to supply information to Vote Smart a slap in the face to the electorate. "Elect me, but you don't deserve to know what I actually think about anything."

There were a few races I consulted a local newspaper on. I didn't vote exactly as they recommended, but I was really impressed with their reasoning (I guess because it tended to agree with the hunches I'd already developed).


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Nov. 5th, 2002 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed with all of this... and your userpic :-)
Nov. 6th, 2002 12:10 am (UTC)
sounds like camejo really got a strong nod from voters. good. the other choices are, frankly, bad, and respectively, despicable.

still watching the south dakota senate race. canadian elections are never this much, uh, fun. :)
Nov. 6th, 2002 08:24 am (UTC)
I vote no on anything that's more complicated than it needs to be. That means I vote no on almost everything.

*LOL*! I do a very similar thing. As a quick and dirty first pass, or to break a tie if I'm not sure, I go through the pro and con statements, and look at how many CAPITALS or italics, or bold words there are in each entry. And then I vote AGAINST whichever side has the most. "Methinks the parties do protest too much!"
Nov. 6th, 2002 12:38 pm (UTC)
I agree about not responding to SmartVoter. I cut people more slack about it, because god knows why they didn't respond--death in the family, didn't receive the email request, etc--but there were a few people I just couldn't vote for because I didn't leave myself enough time to research them myself.

SmartVoter suggests writing to those who didn't respond and asking them to do so. That would've been more useful before the election, but I'm considering writing them anyway and explaining that I needed more information. Maybe they'll do it next time they run.

Also, when I have some spare money (ha), I'm going to donate to SmartVoter. That is one wicked useful site.
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