What is on your ballot?
We are a political bunch. The presidential election isn't interesting. But there are all sorts of local issues and offices on our ballots.
Is anyone here running for a position in this election? Is there a ballot measure or candidate for a local office that you are working for? Campaigning for anything is difficult this election because of Covid. People have had to be a little creative.
There were several ballot initiatives on my ballot. Some statewide and some for just my county. I'm glad I had plenty of time to work on my mailed ballot. It often takes time to research the people running for city commissioner and soil and water conservation commission seats. I can't imagine having to vote in person. It seems there is always something on the ballot that you weren't expecting, and you have to decide quickly or skip it when standing in a voting booth with a line of people behind you waiting to vote.
In Oregon, registered voters are mailed a "voters pamphlet". It includes the text of any ballot measures and an explanation written by a committee. Also a statement If any committee member disagrees with the explanation. It also states the expected financial impact, if any, for instance for tax measures, how much per thousand dollars of property value it will cost. Candidates can pay to have themselves listed with a statement about themselves and a photo. The fee is $50 I think, intended to help cover the cost of the booklet.
For ballot measures, individuals or groups pay to have a statement in favor or opposed to the measure. This year the general election voters guide is 168 pages. The county pamphlet for my county is 127 pages. For controversial measures, you can imagine how many pages of arguments for and against there can be. Printed at the bottom of each, is a note saying who paid for that particular argument.
If there are no local issues or candidates you are interested in this time, how is voting being handled in your area? Are there voters pamphlets in your state?