Midterm elections are in a couple of weeks. My absentee voter ballot arrived on Saturday, and I've spent the better part of the last three days researching and trying to figure out who/what the heck I'm going to vote for.
In the mail alone, I've received a General Election booklet, and General Election Supplemental booklet, a sample ballot, a guide to voting in the election booklet, and absentee ballot booklet, and various partisan-based literature about the propositions on this year's ballot.
And then I was stumped. The nominees for my District's State Representative are both Republican! Where is my other option? After some research, I found this is a byproduct of our Open Primaries which were adopted in 2012. I'm frustrated about my lack of choice for a Representative to Congress (who have been an utter disgrace over the last few years). I'm voting in the hopes to make a change and my only two choices are the status quo. Humph!
Our country has such a low voter turnout, and after hearing about Scotland's recent 85% turnout in their independence election, I'm ashamed. It's our duty and a right that we shouldn't take advantage of. In the past, I've always felt empowered and accomplished when I voted. I was enacting change! But I will say, it was a lot of work to fill in my ballot this year and after all is said and done, I'm not terribly convinced that I voted correctly nor that anything will change for the better.
No wonder Americans don't vote. On the other hand, since I am voting I'm allowed to complain about my government. So at least there's that.