Early Voting

Yes, I have my early voting packet. No, I haven’t voted yet. Yes, I’ll be dropping it off on election day. No, I won’t tell you how I voted (although you might guess with varying degrees of certainty, depending on how well you actually know me). Yes, I am waiting til the last minute to fill it out, but in the comfort of my own home, thank you. No, I don’t think this is a contradiction of intent or purpose of early/absentee voting.

While not the norm, it has happened that things occur in the last days of an election. Candidates die, get indicted, withdraw for other reasons or additional information comes out at the last minute. I don’t want to vote early (if I don’t have to) and then, before election day, find out that something’s changed that would make me want to change my vote and regret that I voted early.

I also like knowing that my vote actually got there. When mailing in my ballot I’m sure it got delivered, but did it get there in time in good condition to get counted? They have to be received by election day, no matter when it was postmarked. It’s rare that I get mangled mail, but it’s happened enough that I want to hand deliver my ballot whenever possible. If I cast my ballot at my polling place on the day of the election I know it got there, whether I got a fresh one and filled it out there or simply dropped off my early ballot.

Voting isn’t a privilege, it’s a right. Our employers must allow us time off to vote under certain circumstances (call your local elections office for details). If you make a mistake while filling out your ballot you have a right to ask for a new one. I’ve done this. My own little kids under foot can be a bit distracting, especially when filling out butterfly ballots in FL.

If you get to the polling place and find that some sort of irregularity gets in your way you do have the right to cast a provisional ballot. If you find yourself in this position don’t be shy, just be firm and follow through both on election day while casting a provisional ballot and in the days after in following up with the elections officers to make sure your provisional ballot is counted.

So, no matter how the election turns out, good luck to all the candidates and happy voting to all of us. No matter who we vote for we vote for the person we hope will make our world better.

Ballot 2012

Sample ballot LD26 2012

Sample ballot LD26 2012

I just got my sample ballot for the general election on November 6th. It’s rather exciting seeing your name on the ballot. It’s also fun, scary, amazing, gratifying (wow, I really made it this far!), humbling and actually, you should try this running for office thing some time. It’s quite an experience meeting people who vehemently disagree with you and others who agree when you didn’t expect them to and still others who want you to just explain things to them and then you get to meet your opponents who always turn out to be much less scary than you expected. Anyway, I just wanted to show off here. I won’t tell you who to vote for (I do believe in the democratic process and free will) but I’d really like it if enough of you voted for me to let me work for you and represent you in the AZ House of Representatives. Don’t forget that you get 2 votes in this race, so use both of them. All my opponents are lovely people who I would love to serve with, I just think I’d be  the best. Thanks for considering me and watch for me on election day.

Published in: on October 25, 2012 at 12:54 am  Comments Off on Ballot 2012  
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Second Friday

Had a marvelous time at Second Friday on Main Street in Mesa. You should check it out one of these months when you’re in the area. Amanda and I got a very positive reception. Handed out over 100 pencils and a pile of color-it-yourself posters. There were lots of great artists, musicians, tons of people, many even in zombie and Steampunk clothing and I even met some people from the local Society for Creative Anachronism. I would have posted this about 2 hours ago, but I came home to a lovely redecorating job, courtesy Belle-dog. She LOVES playing in the trash can. Unfortunately, there was a bottle of Spray And Wash that broke, so I hosed off her feet, cleaned up the mess and now I have a clean spot on the floor behind my kitchen Table. Then I had to fight with my computer while the connection decided whether it was going to connect or not. Thank you internet service provider who shall remain nameless. While that was sorting itself out I grabbed some home-made tepenade, toast and wine then sat down to write about my evening. Now to find the map to the SRP picnic tomorrow.  If you want to find out more about Second Friday:

http://www.2ndfridaynightout.com/

Published in: on October 13, 2012 at 12:47 am  Comments Off on Second Friday  
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Current Troubles

The economy, health care, insurance, jobs, crime, education, drugs, … no politician can solve all of our problems any more than the government has, although most promise to. All government can do, really, is mediate disputes (civil, criminal or business), manage and provide for public goods and services (such as schools, infrastructure, disaster relief, parks) and manage diplomatic relations between governmental entities. If they’re not doing that they generally just get in the way. OK, sometimes they get in the way even when they’re just doing their job! The point is, left to our own devices most people find solutions to our own problems just fine, thank you, as long as government stays out of our way. How many of us get to April 15th every year and think “man, what I could have done with that if I’d been able to keep it in the first place!” So, who can help you keep more? The BIG TWO haven’t succeeded so far, so let’s try an infusion of new blood. Throw some Libertarians, Independents or Greens at the State capital & DC. You could do it just for fun, to watch their faces in November. OMG!!! Not THEM! The BIG TWO are both concerned about their power base or they wouldn’t be fighting so hard to keep the two-party system, even if it means a Donkey loses to an Elephant or vice versa. People always fear the unknown. This Halloween let’s play a trick on the government and send new people in, the ones that have actually been working real jobs (or applying for them along with so many of you). Do you really think we’ll do worse than the career politicians? Don’t feel bad for them, I’m sure they’ll be able to get work as consultants, lobbyists, or other positions of influence. Just vote your conscience. It doesn’t matter if you vote for the winner or the loser, it matters that you vote for what you believe in. If more people did that we might see some real change. Could the other guys really do any worse than the ones that have been running the show so far? At least give us a chance to keep the BIG TWO honest and on their toes. And besides, if you vote for one of the candidates who doesn’t win you have more right to make your views known to them because you didn’t want them anyway! Vote outside the box, mix it up! Don’t vote blue or red, vote purple! Vote for one of the little guys and watch a few career politicians turn purple!

The Most Important Job

Ask most people what the most important job is and they might say Police, Doctor, Teacher…but a many often say Mother. If the most important job is raising good, ethical, intelligent, responsible children then why, as ‘just Moms’, do so many of us think we don’t qualify for other jobs? Jobs in service, sales, management, politics…yes, politics! Think about it. As Mothers we have to chauffeur, nurse, cook, clean and  manage financial/time/space/resource budgets. We put others first and somehow manage to pull off miracles, so why would anyone think someone who’s ‘just a mom’ wouldn’t make a fantastic elected official? We’ve proven  where our priorities are. Do you really want someone who will look to the future and make a better world for our children? Start electing Mommies! You know, I can think of a few Dads who would do a pretty good job, too. And while you’re voting, if you see me on the ballot…give me a chance to show you what I can do.

Voting

Normally I would not presume to tell anyone who to vote for, but since I’m running in this election I will ask you to vote for me…if I’m on your ballot. If you don’t know which Legislative District you live in don’t worry, just watch for:

STATE REPRESENTATIVE

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 26

If you are in district 26 you will see my name and can vote for me and one of my other (very nice, actually) opponents. If you are in another district then thank you kindly for thinking of me and looking, but you’ll have to pick 2 other people. In this picture from the 2010 election I used a crayon because this is a sample ballot and I’m a mommy and the crayon was handy, but if you wait to do it in a booth on Nov. 2nd you’ll want to use the marker in the booth and if you do it at home on an early ballot you’ll want to follow the directions that come with the early ballot.

No, I won’t tell you who I’m voting for. I have met all the Libertarian candidates that appear on my ballot and I think they would all do fine jobs if elected, in case you were wondering about them. In races where Libertarians aren’t running I’ll consider who will work the hardest to preserve individual rights and liberties. You, of course, will have your own criteria. The important thing is that you do vote. The only vote you throw away is the one you don’t cast, so get out there  and celebrate your right to choose who represents you as a part of this Republic.

Diversity

Who is sitting in power right now? What is the general political makeup of our local, state and federal government? Pretty much Democrat/Republican. Is it any wonder why we have divisive racial and diversity issues splitting our society? Here’s an idea…promote diversity in government by voting diversity into government. Give the Libertarians, Greens, Independents and any others you see on the ballot that you feel might be worthy a chance. Vote out of the box. Personally, I’m most likely to vote Libertarian, but some Greens, an Independent and even a Democrat and Republican have impressed me. The worst thing you can do is decide not to vote your true opinion and vote with the crowd because you don’t want to vote for a ‘loser’. No, that’s wrong…the worst thing you can do is take one candidate’s advice and only vote for 1 candidate (in his race you get 2 votes, choosing 2 of the candidates on the ballot). The only vote you throw away or waste is the one you don’t cast. Make a decision, even if you have to flip a coin. Whoever wins, the winner represents you and you have a right to make your opinions known to them whether you voted for them or not (especially if you didn’t vote for them). Make this the country and government what it was meant to be: representative. Vote for diversity. And while you’re at it, vote for me!