Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Voting In CA

Until today, I had no idea that on Ballistic Mountain all ballots are mailed to you. They consider us too far out in the sticks to even be on any regular precinct's role. As a result they gave me some kind of ballot that gets put in an envelope.

The outside of the envelope has my name license number address. That seems not so secret to me, but what can you do. The most off the wall thing I did was write in one of our guitar players for school superintendent.

There were few things to vote for, many to vote against. I did not vote for increasing sales tax, or for adding $18.00 to license plate fees.

There were a bunch of things where they asked if some judge should remain on the bench for the rest of the term, or words to that effect. I voted no on al of them. Get some new blood. Maybe I voted against whoever ruled in my favor at the insurance commission. I hope not. There wasn't much about any insurance arbitration board. Must be appointed people.

The line about voting being "your civic duty" is one with which I 100% agree. I think it is your right, and your choice. It makes as much sense to abstain if you don't know or care what is on the ballot. Like me and my no on judges. I had no clue and probably should have abstained.

Having a right to vote, and being forced, like they do in some countries, are two different things. It is like the right to express your views. Having the right in no way requires one to express those views.

There are various reasons for not voting. If you believe the system is too corrupt to represent you, and you go ahead and vote without actually approving of any of the choices, then the spin is that this is what people want because they voted for it.

I think we still have some influence at the polls so it is worth casting a ballot here and there, but I would never push people to vote. That is as much their own business as much as how a person votes is supposed to be a private matter. Forcing it otherwise, requiring people to vote is just a form of tyranny hiding behind the idea that the right to vote is a mark of freedom. It is when it is a choice. And I think the right to not vote is as important as the other side of that coin.

It looked like everything was done on paper in Alpine. Lots of the people who are on the mailed ballot routine just drop in and drop the envelope in a box. The poll workers were nice and helpful. They didn't seem too dense like in some places. Maybe they just go through and throw out the votes they don't like. Isn't that why people become poll workers---to fix the vote? Can't imagine what other motive there would be. Well, maybe to pick up chicks or dudes.

I suspect some of what I voted will go through, and some not. I voted yes on legalizing pot in CA. It is a multi faceted thing; feds have no right to interfere, it is a harmless plant in most respects, not anyone's business to tell you what you can grow, the arguments about gateway drug are bogus, it fuels organized crime and wastes tax money and jail space. Has zero to do with whether I want to smoke it or not. I'd have voted to legalize growing poppies for personal use as well.

Nowhere was there a proposition which suggested spending about a million dollars on me. I thought that was kind of disappointing.


  1. I agree that it's folks' prerogative whether or not to vote; but if they don't vote, then they are giving up credibility if they complain about how things are :-)

    Anyway, not sure why, but I read this today and you came to mind: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2010/11/02/smith

  2. I'm concerned about the right to privacy you may have compromised in registering all those dead people. I'm not sure they are too concerned about medicinal measures any longer - didn't get them anywhere new this time around. Besides you may have upset the postal worker delivering all the political junk mail to the cemetary. Now you're messing with gov't workers...is this now a federal offense? I wonder if dead people can "fix" the vote - oh, like anyone can fix it.

    (Continues muttering to herself as she shuffles off to the sidelines...)

  3. Dead people are the easiest voters to persuade. I did the postal thing a bit at a time, often placing misleading labels on the ballot boxes--in disappearing ink.

  4. Interesting link. I won't tempt fate by asking what part brought me to mind. I'll just imagine that what I see as the best part did. thank you

  5. Isn't that why people become poll workers---to fix the vote

    That's why I became a poll worker.


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