I received the sample ballot for our upcoming election in the mail today. In addition to a couple of measures or propositions, the June 6 election is also California’s Republican primary. Being a registered Dem. I don’t have a horse in the race and am not allowed to vote even if I did, but thinking about the number of major candidates left (2), it makes me wonder why we are even bothering to have this election. It seems to be statistically impossible for Ron Paul (or anyone else for that matter) to receive enough votes and beat out Mitt Romney.
Last year, it was decided to move our usually early Republican primary to June in order to hold it during our regular state elections. California is in such dire straits financially, it was responsibly decided that moving the primary would save the state millions of dollars. But with California being such a large state and having the most delegates (172, the next largest being Texas with 155) it’s so odd to me that by the time the primary even gets here, all those votes don’t really matter one bit. I wonder if that will reduce the voter turn out in this election.
There are only two measures on this ballot as well which is rare since anyone with a $200 check and proposal can get a proposition put on our ballots. It seems as if Republicans are generally against both measures, so with the primary already locked up, voters against might not even show up. I’m on the fence with both. Reading through the explanation is painful. Just when I think I have an understanding of what they would mean if passed, the legal mumbo jumbo gets in the way of my comprehension.
I try to be a good citizen and do my civic duty when it comes to these elections, but sometimes the politics of it all is just too much. There has got to be all sorts of hidden agendas disguised in these props., (I just know there is) which makes me second guess my opinion.
After all is said and done, I will fill in my request for my absentee ballot and somehow make a decision before it is due.
Election season is upon us…oh great.