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A couple posts ago, </b></a>tyskkvinna wrote:

"I find it a little annoying when people tend to act like the only election that matters happens every four years. In my voting district there are over twenty different things to vote on this year! Everything's important, from the drain commissioner to the local judges to the board of education to the president."

In California, </b></a>delusionalangel wrote that "we're voting on whether or not to change our constitution in regards to our gay marriage laws." As a Californian, that's definitely one biggie that will get me to the polls on time.

What about you?  What's an important issue in your state, city, village that you care about and why do you want to vote whichever way you're voting?


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jeffxandra wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
In Maryland we have two ballot initiatives up that are significant

1) Early Voting and No Excuse Absentee Voting - which I support. Things that make voting easier are a good thing

2) Slot Machines - which I oppose. The numbers they have promised in revenues are pie-in-the-sky unrealistic and it's inappropriate to fund government spending through gambling anyway. It's also just a trojan horse for full casino gambling in the state.
eldestmuse wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind my asking, how do you feel about the MD State Lottery, etc?
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elanorgardner wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, we have a lot of congressional and local elections here, but believe it or not the big local election here this time is beer and wine sales. Yes, I live in one of the bible-belt red states where they prohibit sales of beer and wine, and of course all other alcoholic beverages, within the city limits. And this is a BIG city. There is a proposal on the ballot, again, to get beer and wine sales in local grocery stores and so on. Just beer and wine. It is sad that in order to get a good bottle of wine for dinner we have to plan the trip and head for the city limits, where, yes, you guessed, hundreds of saavy store owners have set up shop selling all KINDS of booze to the poor deprived folks from my fair city. Thus, all our taxes go to our neighboring cities. And folks, this is a MAJOR METROPOLITAN AREA.

And when I put a "Vote Yes on Beer and Wine Sales" sign up in my yard? Yup, it gets torn down. The churches in our fair city preach from the pulpit about this one. "Keep the demon rum out of our children's hands."

This is another situation where some individuals think abstinence is the only possible way to keep people from either killing themselves or killing others because of their inability to control their intake of alcohol. And it works about as well.

It is so idiotic it makes me sputter.
brennakimi wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)

I wish they'd put our Sunday and overnight bans on the ballot.
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yardlong wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Prop. 4: Parental notification of abortion

I'm opposed to this measure. It has failed before, but the proponents keep trying. The girl knows best whether her parents should be told. To be unable to take responsibility for one's own actions without the incredible suffering inflicted by the mere thought of telling unsupportive parents is a frightening thing. I would prefer that government stay out of the babysitting business in this particular circumstance, and I would prefer that medical providers stick to the business of providing care to the patient.
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the_fragile_eg wrote:
Oct. 24th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
Re: succint
agreed- I couldn't care less about 'mavericks' or random plumbers.
Campaign slogans are getting in the way of what matters:
Ending the war, and fixing the economy.
brennakimi wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
We have six amendments on the ballot this year, including a ban on any non-legal marital relationships (how about that, eh). We're pretty stupid, as a whole, about our amendments. There's one really good one this year, to repeal an amendment from the 40s that was designed to allow the state to forbid real property ownership by non-citizens (read: JAPS!!! oy.). It was never used, but it shouldn't have been there in the first place.

In my district, we're voting for county commissioner, city commissioner, an environmental advisory office, a bunch of judges, and state and federal House.

I voted for the property rights repeal, against the marriage ban, for the appraisal protection for hurricane improvements, for the tax exemption for perpetually conserved lands, against the waterfront "as is" appraisal, and against the local option tax for community colleges.

The first two are patently obvious rights issues. The second, we need to encourage hurricane preparedness; it will be less expensive in the long run. The third, we kinda need to do everything we can to encourage preservation of sensitive lands. Fourth, there's got to be a way to give small waterfront businesses a break against the "highest and best use" appraisal without giving condo developers open season. Fifth, when our state tries to get "extra funding" for our school systems though options and lotteries and so forth, we tend to eliminate the regular funding. Community colleges are a vital state interest and should be funded, in whole, by the state.
tyskkvinna wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
(Sidenote: hey! thanks for quoting me :) )

Michigan has two proposals this year: Medical marijuana and stem-cell research.

I will personally be voting in favour of both of these items. I am a person with life-long chronic health problems, one of which (diabetes) has the major potential to be helped with stem cell research. It was a pretty simple decision for me. However I've no idea how the state will end up voting on them.

I went through my ballot and looked up every single person running for every single office. I've decided who I'm voting for, and yes, I will be choosing a drain commissioner. :) A couple people I chose are incumbents, who I think are doing a really great job. Some are republican, some are democrat, and a couple are green. I admit I was really hoping to see a few libertarians I liked, but the ones running this year weren't impressive at all.
herekittykitty wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Sup Michigander?

I'm for both as well, but I could see both getting shot down. I see too many "2goes2far" signs and medicinal marijuana props are almost never passed.
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no_doubt_tj wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
In Ohio we are considering opening a casino for the first time. Ohio is fed up with the residents running to Indiana and Kentucky casinos and spending all their money there. So this is an important election for us.
abs0lute_xo wrote:
Oct. 31st, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
This is the biggest issue is the presidential election????
euchreman wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Ohio elections
I am a resident of Ohio, one of the remaining swing states. In addition to the frequent visits from the candidates, we are also battling with the ballot issue to allow casinos into our state. That issue is almost as explosive as the gay marriage issue (at least in our state).
biomaton wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
I'm usually not so partisan, but the state budget deficits and overall complete overspending and growth of the government are big to me.

I wish I could vote for a dem or two but I have not heard any serious rhetoric from any state dem candidate (or the Obamination for that matter) about serious cuts in spending, and I deeply feel that in these times that is what is needed.
dcstarfish wrote:
Oct. 23rd, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Has there been any rhetoric from the McCainanator about cutting spending? (I only used that negative name in response to Obamination, btw. I don't see that calling names helps a logical discussion of issues.) If McCain has made any statements about cutting spending, how can he also increase military spending? I'm guessing there are other issues besides spending that keep you out of the dem camp, true?

I am undecided, unaffiliated, and uninformed, but working to correct it. :-)
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capra124 wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Props 4 and 8 are two of the big ballot measures in CA this election. 4 was talked about above, and I am also against it. Why force girls to tell their parents if they feel they can't? The parents could be part of a seriously nasty problem, such as molestation/incest, or are abusive, no matter the form. Why add to the trauma she has to go through? Voters have already said no to this twice before. 8 is the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. To me, this is a legalized form of bigotry. If we are such a great state and nation, then this shouldn't exist. And the campaign to get this passed because same-sex marriage will be taught in schools? Um...that would be up the the state Board of Education as well as the individual school districts. Using Massachusetts as an example just doesn't fly with me. All states have different policies for what is and isn't taught in schools. California wouldn't necessarily teach this in schools, and if they did, then to me, it's a way to teach acceptance for those who happen to be gay!!!!

There are a few others that are also pretty important. One of which deals with the passenger rail system. It'll do more good for the larger urban areas than where I live, since we don't have a passenger rail system up here. Another deals with giving rebates for those who already own hybrid cars. Um....they already own those cars. What about the rest of the population who can't afford them? Why can't we get the rebate so we can stop relying on the fossil fuel only cars? Makes no sense.

We've also got several local positions up for election and a few local measures as well. One of the local measures? To give the area police force more money. Well, we've got a volunteer fire department who are in serious need of funds for equipment, training, and a permanent sleeper position. I live in a rural area, surrounded by trees and brush. The role the cops here play is more like that of a security force. We are covered by the sheriff's dept because we aren't in an incorporated area. The fire dept handles everything from fires to medical calls, and in an area where the senior citizen population is quite high, their services are needed more.
polarisdib wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
"Voters have already said no to this twice before"

Too bad there's no three-strike law against bad legislature, eh? EH? C'mon!!!

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wolfwyndd wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
We only have one issue in Ohio that I really care all that passionately about and that's our issue 6, the casino issue. Gambing is illegal in this state so when people go gambling they go to any of our surrounding states (and believe me, the area that I live, I know a LOT of retired people that go) to spend their money. Issue 6 grants a casino in southwest Ohio to be built. Personally I'm voting for it. Personally, I don't gamble. However, I could care less if someone else does it and as long as they are, they might as well keep as much of the money within the state as possible. Dayton just lost well over 1,000 jobs due to one of the GM plants shutting down so if opening a casino is gonna create a couple of hundred jobs, I'm OK with that.
ratphooey wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
The truth is that the Presidential election is probably less important than the smaller positions that get filled each election.

This is a lesson the Republicans have learned well.

The left needs to be just as motivated and mobilized on the local and state levels in order to preserve and expand things like education and abortion rights.
bastblack wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
Q: What about you? What's an important issue in your state, city, village that you care about and why do you want to vote whichever way you're voting?

A: This year, the National issues trump all local issues.
polarisdib wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Y'know, I checked out a sample ballot and most of it is pretty straight-forward stuff this year, re-inforcing votes I've already made in other elections such as infrastructure and public works bonds. So I'm pretty laid back about this election, even though I am definitely going to vote. It's been kind of nice, really.

greendemqueen wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
A drink tax that is meant to generate supplementary funding for a hemorrhaging and mismanaged public transit system will likely be an issue we vote on where I live. Businesses and customers may not like it, and I too can see the downside for the businesses, but drinking till you are drunk is not necessary. We need buses more than cheap beer. The businesses can find other sources of revenue I'm sure.
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