We’re mail-in voters, but between the move and everything else, I ended up heading to polling station yesterday anyway.
I wanted to be sure I got in, because San Diego holds its local elections on the same day as the primary. So I got to vote for mayor, some state reps, judges, etc, as well as some voter-sponsored initiatives that got on the ballot.
Oh, and I got to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary 🙂
Confession time: I really, really, seriously enjoy voting in California.
They send us a little booklet before the election, where every candidate who agrees to accept spending limits can issue a statement, laying out their case. (Naturally, I only vote for candidates who issue such a statement). It’s also got the full text of the ballot initiatives, plus pro and con arguments, and a fiscal impact analysis for each measure.
It’s homework, but it also means I feel much more informed going into the election than I would otherwise. Not only from reading the booklet, but using it as a jumping-off point for further research.
The last election we spent in Arkansas, I felt so disconnected and lost. No booklet. No easy-to-navigate state-gov-run website to look everything up. Nothing.
What does your state (or country!) do, to make sure its voters are as informed as possible before heading to the polls?