Rocking the Vote (Sorta)

I just opened my absentee voter ballot. I knew it was going to be long, as I had initially mistaken the voter information guide for the phone book.

I was shocked ot see 16 ballot measures, not to mention the various and sundry offices ranging from governor to member of the State Board of Equalization. With all those boxes, I felt like I was taking the SAT again.

I consider myself a conscientious voter. I read up on the ballot measures as much as I possibly can, because nothing annoys me more than the ones that when you vote “yes” you are really voting “no.”

But it really is getting to be a bit overwhelming, and even as I have the time to sit here and look at all the measures and such, I can’t help but think that there are so many that I am missing some crucial bit of information that would sway my vote differently. That I skipped a sentence somewhere, or that my eyes inadvertently glazed over as I was reading the voter guide.

And don’t get me started on the judges. I know practically nothing about them, and haven’t the faintest clue on their judicial record or even how to find out. Sometimes I wing it for the judge section and others I simply abstain.

I’m not for the “dumbing down” of voting, but perhaps we can call on our government to perhaps place a limit on the number of measures/propositions in any given year? Mabye, 10, max?

A limit would help to ensure that people don’t feel like there is too much information to wade through, because like most things we vote on, these are very important issues. Becasue when people feel that information overload, they start to tune out. And that would be the worst of all.

2 Comments so far

  1. Gary Kephart (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 11:10 am

    As a member of the South OC Dem Club, I was able to meet several of the candidates at their meetings. Also, I attended the Capo USD candidate night hosted by the League of Women Voters. Finally, if you wish to skip the analysis of the measures and propositions, you can ask your party for a list of recommendations.

    Get involved! That’s the only way a democracy can work well!

  2. LipLash (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    I think a limit might do more harm than good. Imagine certain groups trying to fill up the ballot with junk on purpose to keep so-and-so from getting their Prop on the ballot. How do we decided which 10 get on the ticket?

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