She didn’t really, of course. I don’t think she’s really been keeping abreast of the issues. But she really likes mommy’s sticker.
Brian and I stayed up late last night filling out our mail-in ballots. We felt so responsible! I really felt like I was prepared, and knew for what I was voting (unlike other years where I got to the voting booth and tried my best to make sense of it all, but came away feeling like I really didn’t). Also, rather than just voting based on what party the candidates have aligned themselves with (this doesn’t seem like a very good judge anymore), I got to see what they really think about things that I care about and make my decision based upon that.
One thing that really made the difference is our newspaper printed a section that listed the ballot issues (with the legal language, as well as a “plainspeak” interpretation), what opponents and supporters of amendments, etc. had to say (some were pretty lame), and what candidates running for election said in response to various questions. There’s an online version of this most helpful of tools, which even has a function where you can check the box online next to the candidate you like, and print out a “sample ballot” to take to the polls with you, if you like. (That link is for a Colorado resource. If you don’t live in Colorado, do a search for “voter guide”. I think most states have something similar.)
This might be a “duh!” moment for everyone else, but for me it was definitely “aha!” So I’m sharing. Maybe this will help someone else!
In summary: VOTE! Your country is depending on you.
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