With just over two weeks left before the election, I took my first serious look at the ballot today, and what a dizzying experience that was. I think I counted 16 statewide propositions, three local measures, and two school board races. And thatís without counting the individual races for president, senator, and various legislative representatives. Whew!
We have two measures that would change the primary election system in different ways. We have two different measures that would regulate tribal gaming (as they call Indian gambling) in one way or another. Weíll be voting on collecting DNA samples and funding stem-cell research. Weíre even being given a chance to decide on limiting ďthree strikesĒ laws. Again, whew!
I think Iíve made up my mind on some of these matters without even reading about them. Of course, I will read up on them before I vote, because I take these things seriously. I always vote as if my ballot mattered, because it does, just as much as anyone elseís. And itís even more important in California, where we have a tradition of counting all the votes.
And of course as always Iíll be voting by absentee ballot. I would do this even if I had a choice, but I donít have a choice because I live in a precinct with no polling place. I feel a lot safer with an old-fashioned paper ballot anyway, so Iím fine with this arrangement. Iím sure itís possible they can find a way to keep my vote from counting, the way Republicans are trying to do in Ohio and Florida, but I have faith in California (despite the person we elected as our governor).
You can expect frequent updates of my positions on all these ballot measures and races. If you know me at all, you already know how Iíll end up voting on a lot of things. I hope to work my way through this whole, huge, messy ballot in time to get mine in the mail by this time next week. Thatís going to take some work, which Iím up to, and some time, which I donít have. Somehow Iíll figure it out.