It’s nine days until the U.S. elections. There is my un-opened absentee ballot, sitting on my desk, calling my name. I’m going to spend the day looking into all the initiatives and local government positions on my ballot. And I just wanted to remind you to do the same.
Why? Because change happens most easily at the local level. Because these decisions may affect you, your family, and your community very substantially. Because some of our neighbors are working hard to make our communities better, and we need to support them. And because we can build upon the positive changes made in this election year.
I’m not going to tell you how to vote, because that is your business and this blog is a place where we can all come together regardless of political affiliations. But those of us who are here do have beliefs about important issues, or we wouldn’t be here at this blog. So please:
- Research every one of the initiatives, as well as the candidates.
- Act on your beliefs.
- Vote in every last category on your ballot.
It’s important. And it matters.
If you don’t know where to start researching, you can try here to find out information about local ballot measures. And here, to find your local election office – usually you can find specific information about each candidate’s position, and full text of each ballot measure. Generally your local newspaper will have information about each candidate as well, and if you have one you like and trust, you can check out their endorsements to see if they make sense for you.