“A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election.”
Unfortunately in this country we have shitty turnout. No other way to say it, it’s utterly pathetic. Decisions being made by a small percentage in one of the few places we truly have control. Again, it’s shitty. My husband is dumbfounded, coming from a country where voting is compulsory. When I was 18, I voted for Clinton and it was a huge thing for me to get to do. When my ballot comes in the mail (Oregon is 100% vote-by-mail), I have already studied my ballot guide and know what I’ll be voting for, so I fill it out right then and mail it the next day. I’ve never not voted. How do people NOT vote? Even with the lame excuses, I still don’t get it.
So, here’s how I voted:
- Democrat on all public office elections. Unfortunately, there are few if any Abe Lincoln and/or Tom McCall-type Republicans out there. I’ve never seen the kind of racism, sexism, and overall hate for humanity and environment that I’ve seen in the Republican party. Even with less than exciting options in the Democratic party, when your Republican candidate for governor is known for being a raging homophobe who hates women, it is clearly a “lesser of two evils” situation. And after seeing so many idiots vote for Nader in 2000…
- Measure 86 (Amends Oregon Constitution to create fund for Oregonians pursuing post-secondary education): YES. Our country does so little to support higher education currently, this is a small step in the right direction.
- Measure 87 (Allows judges to be hired by the National Guard and public universities; allows school employees to serve in the legislature): NO. This is a poorly written measure with some good and some bad. Ultimately, I believe in the separation of powers and someone in the US judicial system should not be employed by the military.
- Measure 88 (Upholds four-year driver licenses for those who cannot prove legal presence in the United States): YES. I believe in safe driving first, and this has nothing to do with anything else. The hate-filled ads I’ve seen in those who are against this is so disgusting for me. We actually have radio ads comparing illegal immigrants to terrorists!
- Measure 89 (Guarantees equal rights regardless of sex): YES. Duh. The greater embarrassment is that our country still has not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment and isn’t even in the top 10 globally for equality.
- Measure 90 (Creates an open, top-two primary election system): NO. This essentially shuts out the smaller political parties and creates the potential of two Republicans or Democrats in the November elections. Every party should be represented in the elections, and it makes no sense to me that someone not in my political party could vote in my party’s primary – let’s just get rid of political parties if that’s the case (which would be nice dontcha think?!).
- Measure 91 (Legalizes recreational marijuana): YES. Of course. I’m of the opinion that all drugs should be legalized. Focus on prevention and treatment, and eliminate the massive criminal element that benefits from its illegality.
- Measure 92 (requires the labeling of raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering): YES. Need I say more? It is revolting how Monsanto and Dow and ConAgra are throwing their poisonous money everywhere. Their TV ads are full of lies and when I see “family farmers” and “nutritionists” saying to vote no, it’s like watching a prostitute defend her pimp because she knows he’ll try to kill her if she goes against him.