Although I skirt politics in this blog, this subject is about Civics, not politics. In our local area we tend to have low voter turnout and that is not unusual throughout the country. We have a primary coming up later this month and one of the candidates for Judge has been getting around to a lot of events. Her point is, “Look, I want you to vote for me, but more than that, I want you to find out about the candidates and make a real choice. We need to stop electing officials by default.”
She is so correct about this. We do tend to take voting for granted in this country, and it is confusing. Who do you trust to tell you about the candidates? And why are there so many elected positions anyway? How are you supposed to figure it all out? It is easier to elect an incumbent, latch onto a “sound bite”, or to let a local paper/organization endorse a candidate than to actually do your own research about the candidates. This is one of the reasons that seemingly small groups of people can dominate an election. It is often a case of who actually goes out to vote. I have made a resolution this time to look beyond the “big” positions and to check out candidates for positions like judge and school board. Now, that may be nothing more than looking at their web site and then doing a quick search to see if they have made the newspapers (one way or the other), but I am going to do that. Thoughts, anyone?