Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I Voted!

Hope you got a chance to head to the polls yesterday. I usually try to make it out, this being one of our most basic rights and another reason to celebrate our fine country.

In my town, the only seats up for grabs were on the Town Council. The Mayor was running unopposed, and there were three candidates to fill a vacated School Board seat.

Some of the candidates I knew, but not enough to select 5 for the Town Council. I did a little research, discovered many of their platforms were similar and then came up with my own rubric:

(1) whoever wasn't an incumbent (where possible)
(2) whoever didn't look uppity
(3) whoever did not resemble an overzealous PTA member* (for the School Board position)
*note the use of the word "overzealous" before you lambaste me :D

Is this bad? Would it have been better had I stayed home and returned blog comments instead?

What formula do you use when you are unfamiliar with the candidates?

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22 comments:

Mommy, I'm Home said...

I first go through and vote for all the Democrats. Then I vote for those who aren't currently holding the office. Then I start making decisions based on if the person has ticked me off with too many yard signs and phone calls to my house.

(BTW, don't change your blog like I'm changing mine. It is SO confusing. I think my brain is going to explode into a giant cheeseball....)

JennyMac said...

overzealous is a perfect word for some PTA people I have met..and our son is not even three yet so I can only imagine what is ahead. LOL.

Janna Bee said...

I feel horrible... I was going to vote and ran out of time yesterday! I'm totally going to tell people I voted, though. You can't work for a pseudo nonprofit and not vote- eek! Only you know my secret!

Yankee Girl said...

I never miss an election, but no elections took place in my community. I am one of those hard-core people who spends tons of time reading up on candidates and doing research. Since I have turned 18(which was 10 years ago)I have never walked into a polling place uninformed.

Leland likes to pick people with the weirest names. And he always votes for woman.

Tammy Howard said...

I voted, too, but ours was completely about the issues this time. Everyone running for office was pretty much running unopposed.

McVal said...

There was one guy who is a friend of ours running for mayor unopposed, then two for city council and we were supposed to pick 2. So... I filled in all the little ovals and voted..
Usually I'll vote for all Repubs, then pick names that sound familiar if I don't already know and like them. Small town...

Kristina P. said...

I have no idea if there even was an election yesterday, and I'm usually on top of those things!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I tend to vote by the party if I don't know specifics.

Randi Troxell said...

i'm TOTALLY with you.. i think it's sooo important to vote.. and i always say to ppl, if you don't vote then i don't wanna hear you complaining!!

strokeofliving said...

There was no political activity for us in which to participate in Los Angeles, (snap) dang! Our new police chief was chosen my our mayor.

Election day is the only day we'll allow you a day off from retuning comments BTW. Pass granted, moving forward ;-)

Laura said...

Wait a minute, did I miss something? There was voting yesterday? Are we finally getting a new president? I'm confused and now you're probably laughing at me anyway.
P.S. I hate politics so it's no surprise I am out of the loop on this. (but still, geez)

kys said...

If I don't know the people who are running, I always vote for whomever is considered the underdog.

Kaylen said...

Ha - great methodology!
I do similar things---I go down my party line for most things, and then I consider how many negative ads I saw, and vote for the opposing person if I remember their ads as being obnoxious (which is all of them).

I try to keep up on at least 50% of what I'm voting for. Uneducated guesses are still good for the minor issues, right??

Beth said...

I voted therefore, I have the right to complain. :)

C. Andres Alderete said...

I actually didn't vote for all the little bullshit referendums here in Austin, and I didn't care until I heard there was only an 8% turn out in all of Texas. Now I'm just ashamed.

weeta said...

i love your story

Amanda said...

I was going to put... I am glad you voted only if you voted for all Republicans...then I noticed that sweet little comment to my left... and decided to just let it go.

I am glad you voted and I am glad you used the word overzealous. I like that word.

Blessings-
Amanda

Joy said...

I always vote with my party but my party bums me out right now.

We only had millage votes and shame on me, I ended up too lazy to go vote them down. My husband went though, and voted an extra-enthusastic NO for both of us. Thank goodness none of them passed.

Lucy said...

Voting is important and it is amazing to me how people blow off the local stuff and yet it is the local government that affects their lives way more than the President. It kind of cracks me up. People have no idea how the mayor or city manager/ council and so on makes decisions about your day to day life and the President does nothing. You know how you need local business and taxes and so on, that is all decided by your little itty bitty officials that we are oblivious too. I always vote and pay attention to the issues. Don't bitch about your community if you don't vote and by the way the President has nothing to do with local government. Oh, well, sorry to go off on your comment section. Glad you voted!!!

Kathie @ my net finds said...

I'm lame, I didn't vote...the news didn't even mention it until the night before and we had no idea what needed voting on!

I just thought of you because my word verification on another blog was "carma" no kidding!

Leproust Vintage said...

Thank you for your well wishes! Everything went well...still in the hospital for a week, but at least they have free wi fi!! :)

Yaya said...

Love your rubric!

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