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So, I finally started my ballot reviewing last night. I always go through a few days before an election and fuss through the various and obscure items to make sure I'm at least moderately informed on everything.

We actually have 8 choices for President/VP on our ballot. This is the first year since before I could vote that I can recall there not being any big angsting out there regarding third party candidates... Ralph Nader is on there, but he's not the Green candidate this time. The Socialists, Libertarians, and Constitution party are all represented. I'm 99.9% sure of who I'm voting for....as usual I've been displeased about my choices, but I'll probably never find a President that I'm 100% happy with. I hope that whoever is elected surprises me with their performance as President (and even moreso I hope the VP surprises me, whichever that is....)

We have the usual 5 million judges to vote for. I'm doing my due diligence on them, as best I can anyhow.

It's also a County election year. I think I'm voting for Peter Lawson Jones for Commissioner. He's my favorite of the 3 current ones, so it's too bad that Debbie Sutherland is running against him, as she'd quite possibly get my vote if she ran against Hagan and certainly against Dimora. One thing I appreciate about Lawson-Jones is that he seems to genuinely listen and take into account the feedback people give. He came to a town hall panel thing about the Ameritrust Tower (an ugly but significant piece of architecture here in Cleveland...the only existing skyscraper designed by noted brutalist architect Marcel Breuer.) He really seemed to be interested in the opinions of people about whether or not to demolish it. The fact that he was interested in hearing from people especially the planning community and that he was willign to consider that feedback in his decisions is very important to me.

Jim Rokakis, the County Treasurer is running unopposed, but I just wanted to say that I also have a high opinion of him due to his study and advocacy for issues surrounding the foreclosure crisis locally. My impression is that he's a very thoughtful and good elected official.

We have 6 state constitutional amendments on the ballot. I urge people to vote yes on Issue 2. That renews the Clean Ohio Fund, which has been one of the great statewide success stories. It issues bonds that are used to fund brownfield remediation and open-space and farmland preservation. It has had very measurable economic impacts and has good effect in both urban and rural areas.

I'd also encourage a yes vote on Issue 5, which caps interest rates for "Payday Lending" institutions at 28%. Currently these places are able to charge something like 300% interest, and have had a very harmful debt effect on people who are desperate and economically vulnerable.

I'll be voting no on Issue 6, the casino thing....I'm sorry, but I just have no desire to see casinos here in Ohio.

Then finally we have a bunch of amendments to the Cleveland City Charter....mostly basic stuff, although one would reduce the number of City Council members (it would apportion one seat per 25,000 people to be revised after each census.) This would reduce the council from 21 to 17 in the short term, as population has been falling for some time in the city. This is probably a good thing, so I'll be voting in favor.

Oh, and people in California especially, and Florida and Arizona also, I think. Please do not amend your constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Make sure to vote and make sure you vote the correct way on those measures. I am hopeful that more states will grant marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples in the coming years, and constitutional amendments would be a huge setback to that.

That's my election thoughts...I hope that everyone gets out there to vote this Tuesday!

Date: 2008-10-31 10:48 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Wow, Andy, you certainly are thorough. I assume your mind will be
made up before you close that curtain. I've found that when there's
a long ballot, too many voters wait until they get into the voting
vooth and THEN try to decide who or what to vote for. This means
long lines, especially in the evening when people vote on their way
home from work. Our ballot here in Philly is relatively short. Flo
and I always go early to our booth which is actually a half-block
away. I'm allowed to go into the booth with Flo because of her
failing eyesight.
Yeah, we'll all be watching those gay issue states, especially
California. I'm optimistic about the outcomes but I'm not a fool.
The JEEsus people will vote like lemmings to deny some citizens their
right to marry. Sad.

Date: 2008-10-31 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bonoboboy.livejournal.com
You outright say who you're voting for in every slot except for President. Trying to avoid political banter in your post? lol

Date: 2008-11-02 06:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zuptd.livejournal.com
Well,to be honest, there is a very tiny but non-negligible chance I could change my Presidential vote. I have waffled greatly on this, as there are significant problems with both candidates IMO....I've liked McCain for a very long time, and have always said that he's one of the few Republicans I could see myself voting for, however he's clearly taken a turn to the right on some issues that I'm not appreciating.....

On the other hand, I was never impressed with the whole "Change" message from Obama and always have thought it's a catchy BS line. He's not exactly a savior for gay rights, even though clearly superior to McCain. I have concerns about aspects of his economic plan, especially the chance that he could even grow the deficit further....but my one professor believes that he'll do good for the economy, so I'm trying to sort that one out still.

So, I'm not 100% on President but I'm nearly there....

Date: 2008-11-02 11:56 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm not 100 percent for Obama either, and at one time I might have voted for that other guy. But given that McC has in the last few
weeks gone into the toilet (I keep thinking "Trainspotters") and tried to take us with him, I mean, hinting not so subtly that Barack just may be a stealth terrorist, I find it easy to vote for Obama. I think he's smart enough to appoint a cabinet, advisors and judges who will take us in the new direction we so desperately need. I saw on the news Bush walking alone across the White House lawn and waving. I
tried to feel sorry for him but couldn't, even with my good heart :)
I have nothing but contempt for this loser. And don't get me started
on Sarah. She is, as one R called her, a "joke" like Harriet Meyers.
Well, she could always get a job on SNL!

Date: 2008-11-05 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] desidono.livejournal.com
I'm finally catching up on Eljay... insightful. And good lucks to the iniatives in your state, except for the casino one (i say boo on casinos - leave that to Nevada) and kudos to your state for attempting to cap payday lending. That's such a horrible cycle to get caught into and the interest rates are obscene.

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