And you can, too, if you follow these easy steps. (Hint: You’ll need a ballot and a computer!)
Believe me, voting was a herculean effort, but I did it. It’s early, I know. We’re still weeks away from November 8th, but thank goodness I voted for now I can cross it off my to-do list and focus on what’s really important, like finally getting around to doing my laundry.
Last Friday evening, while you were at the movies or tripping the light fantastic, yours truly carved out some time to sit down with my ballot and visit the online KPBS Voter Guide.
And guess what? I voted!
I grabbed my trusty black-ink pen to have it at the ready in preparation for filling out my mail-in ballot. Then, I googled the voters guide. I typed in my address and voila! What appeared before me was all the information I needed to complete my ballot! So far so good.
Well, sort of. Then the hard part. Actually voting. Because, if truth be told, I have not been paying close attention to the local candidates or initiatives. Full disclosure: I have been consumed by the presidential election. Okay, obsessed.
But now the day of reckoning has arrived and in order to vote, I must know my stuff. Thank goodness for the KPBS Voter Guide. It’s a lifesaver!
Because the election in California has about a gazillion propositions and measures on the ballot. Enough to drive a gal like me to distraction. Frankly, I don’t know the difference between the two. Why are some called props and others measures? Beats me.
But thanks to the KPBS Voter Guide, I was able to read the pro’s and con’s of each. Whereupon I furrowed my brow and gave each some careful consideration.
Do I want marijuana legalized, more funding for schools, a football stadium for the San Diego Chargers? How about better roads, elimination of the death penalty, multilingual education, a $2 cigarette tax? Decisions, decisions.
I even had to vote on whether porn stars should use condoms! What the??
Yikes! Too much to consider.
Thank goodness for the voter guide. It really set me straight. Of course, it would’ve helped if it could reach out and slap me and tell me to calm down because reviewing all those measures and what-nots was driving me into a tizzy.
I mean, after I furrowed my brow, I rubbed my chin and went bonkers pacing the floor. So a slap would’ve brought me back from the brink of my voting madness. I think.
I mean, after reading up on all the measures, etc, they all started blurring together. Did I want to vote for or against plastic bags? Firearms in the classroom or a tourism tax to subsidize cigarettes? Improve the community colleges or the elementary schools? And what about the ordinance amending the county general plan and zoning map?
I still don’t know what that last one means!
Well, I took a deep breath and mustered up all the strength I could to read the different perspectives and the list of organizations that supported each. I studied and studied and then I studied some more.
I crammed all night–and by all night I mean four hours. And then, lo and behold, I completed four legal sized pages of measures and props, carefully filling in the boxes to select my preferred candidates for president, senate, city council, school district board and city attorney. Whew!
And so I voted!!
So now it’s your turn. Vote and be counted. And if you need help making sense of your ballot, don’t come to me. Check out your local voter guide! Because if your ballot is anywhere near as long as mine, you’re going to need it. Trust me. You’ll thank me later.