Don’t be a “d”
This past weekend, we had house guests visiting from Wisconsin. Considering how highly contested the presidential election is here in Colorado, they expected to see lots of Obama and McCain ads. But they were struck by the number of statewide ballot issues that saw plenty of air time too.
“How are you keeping track of all of these?” they asked.
I shrugged. “I’m taking a cheat sheet to the polls.”
Seriously though, there are a total of 18 amendments and referendums to consider – and those are just the ones that are up for a vote across the entire state. I’d bet that there are at least a dozen more at each of the local levels.
There will probably be some people who either: a) Don’t vote on these issues at all; or b) Vote completely at random; or c) Read the measures for the first time there in the voting booth. While the “a” and “b” category voters are slackers, it’s those “c” category folks who keep the rest of us standing in line for three hours.
Put all of these categories together, and you get the dreaded “d” answer – “All of the above”. A bunch of uncast or carelessly cast votes.
Why does it matter? Many of these measures have far-reaching effects. Amendment 51 calls for sales tax increases. Amendments 47 and 49 pertain to union dues. And Amendment 48 redefines “personhood” as any fertilized egg.
Whoa. Definitely worth your consideration, wouldn’t you agree?
Don’t be a “d”. Do your homework beforehand. Here’s some help.
The Colorado Secretary of State website has the Blue Book online (all registered voters received a copy by mail as well), including summaries of each of the amendments and referendums, and dispassionate arguments for and against each one. It’s a fantastic resource – plainly written and truly balanced.
Have you looked into all the amendments and referendums yet? What about the local issues up for vote in your area?