On February 1, primary season and the media-induced three-ringed circus that is our presidential election process began. I have been so disgusted by the words, actions, and utter BS that has taken place over the last two months. My second graders are better behaved than some of these candidates. And it's such a shame that we have to put up with it for 8 more months! With that being said, I'm dying to make my choice of who I want to run for president. I want to vote! Unfortunately though, living in California means I have to wait until June 7 to have my say. And that has always been so confusing for me. As the most populous state in the nation, we have almost 200 Republican delegates and almost 500 Democrat delegates up for grabs, and most of the time the candidates are already chosen before our election day. With approximately 1/8 of the nation's population, it does irk me that we don't get our say in a timely matter.
I've heard a few different reasons for this late date. One being because of our large numbers, an early or mid-primary election could push a candidate over the edge to clinch their spot, leaving the rest of the country without a reason to vote. My problem with that logic is while making sure a smaller state gets a choice, our very large state representing a huge population of people basically has zero influence on the decisions. The other reason that comes up is that our state primary elections are held in June. The cost of holding presidential primaries earlier in the year and then again in June would cost the state gobs of money so instead the primaries are combined. While I always appreciate a cost-saving decision by our government, it doesn't make my vote any less worthless.
The only hope I'm holding out for this year is that the race, in both parties, is quite close. Our newspapers are reporting that this may be the year our votes do actually count and we could be a swing vote for one or both parties. Giving someone a large quantity of delegates could make a candidacy.
So, now I'm following every Tuesday and Saturday elections with bated breath, hoping none of the candidates run way with the votes. Because, damn it, I want my vote to count!