Friday, July 31, 2020

voting

Don't worry; this is not a political post (I promise).  These are my thoughts about my voting.

Tomorrow hubby and me are going to go in person to vote in our Arizona primary that official voting day is August 4th.  There has been a month of early voting at different locations in addition to mail in ballots.

FOR ME I don't want to do mail in ballots.  I like going to vote. I like seeing the process done of checking in, showing my ID, signing my name on the roster, getting my ballot, going to the voting booth, marking my selections, putting the ballot in the ballot box and collecting my "I voted today" sticker.  I collect my stickers on my card case putting one on top of the other.  

I've voted pretty much every election since I started voting back in 1976 when I was newly 18 years old and Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter were running for president. I voted for Ford.  He lost.  

I think I missed a few "minor" elections along the way but have voted in every primary and every general election since then.  Some of my candidates have won, some have not.  Its okay.  I still exercise a very important right we have.  The right to vote.  We need to all exercise that regardless of who we vote for.

I have to step back and be honest here.  For some of the local races (most of the local races) I never really followed who were running for them.  When I went to vote I would vote random.  Pick and miss you might call it.  I was not informed on who they were, what they stood for, etc.  That was totally wrong on my part . 

Hubby keeps up better on political things than I did.  I'm learning a lot these days to be more aware.  On propositions on the ballot he would research and I would ask him how he would vote and I would vote with what he had decided to do.  Again, I was not informed.

November 3rd's election is going to be an important one.  I guess I should say every election is an important one.

I've been praying A LOT about it.  And one of my prayers for myself and for others is to be an informed voter.  Not voting on feelings but on what the candidates propose in their platforms (that hopefully they will try to accomplish).  

So knowing what my prayer was that I've been praying, I had to of course "walk the walk" and with this primary (which we are only voting on perhaps 10 positions) we did the research of who is running.  Some only had one person running, but the ones that had more than one running we looked into the candidates, saw what they stood for, what they wanted to try to do and talked about who we thought were the candidates that best represented what we hoped to have accomplished.

Honestly (again) I had to ask my husband what a county recorder does (something we are voting for) and why we needed a county recorder.  I found out here in Maricopa County where we live the county recorder is in charge of elections, making sure they are fair, etc . Learned something new.  Looked at the candidates, made our decisions.

This is "just" the primary election and we'll have to see who will be running against each other come November. But my plan is the same.  Vote informed FOR ME.  

I ask that you do the same.  Study and pray (if you do) for who you want to vote for.  Try not to vote on feeling.  Vote for who YOU think will be the best candidate for what you want to see happen.

The most important thing is get out and vote.  Whether you vote in person or by mail JUST VOTE :)


30 comments:

nashvillecats2 said...

It's important to vote Betty, I'm with you all the way on this one.

Enjoy the weekend.
Yvonne.

DUTA said...

I do vote, but I've completely lost any faith in the voting process. Democracy is fake, politicians at all levels are corrupt, people refuse to accept the final results.

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

I will definitely voting too! Just for the record, I don't mind people discussing politics, it's when people try to cram their views down your throat and then act ugly if you don't agree with them 100% that gets on my nerves. Good to see a post from you Betty. I hope you are having fun with your cute little Winslow :)

jack69 said...

Good thought on voting. Earlier I loved to go to the polls, but now, since we were traveling so much we have done absentee ballots. Seldom but once or twice sherry cancelled my vote and I the same with her. LOL
On the road, a little rough now. JJ is driving Sherry is co pilot..
Jack & Sherry actually on the road!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'll probably be voting my mail. Ir's good to be an informed voter and check out those you are voting for. Usually I only know what's been said on the ads they send out. I do believe every vitae counts and we should all get out and vote. It's an honor and a privilege that not every one has.

Mevely317 said...

AMEN! While our little town's polling place pales in comparison to the Big City, I was sure gratified by the turn out when we went to vote a couple weeks ago. Like you, I'm guilty of having voted 'pick-and-miss' as you call it. (Bad, Myra!) If I'm not informed, I owe it to the candidates -- as well as myself -- to simply refrain from that part of the ballot.

Chatty Crone said...

I am going to go vote in person if I can - and make it count!

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Ann Bennett said...

We are lucky here in that early voting is usually very slow on many days. I go real early and check the crowd. Then I take my mom and sister the next day.

They had an outbreak of Covid in the city hall where I pay my sister's water bill. Technically, I am in the crowd that was slightly exposed. They did not allow anyone in and I had to call a number. My sister had an issue with her water and was allowed to pay for it through the drive thru. I use alcohol wipes in my car and wear a mask so I hope I did not come in contact with the virus. But the point of that tale is that I hope there is no outbreak at the courthouse when I take mom or myself.

yaya said...

I don't declare a party but I try to know and understand the candidates and other issues on the ballot. But like you I've resorted to asking hubby about some of it! Anyway, I've always felt that if you don't vote you have no right to complain about what happens. I know that's not really true, we all have a right to voice our opinions but the only way we have a voice is to vote. I also know some think it's a sham and voting does no good either. I guess, you just have to go on faith! Take care Betty!

Liz A. said...

With all that's been going on, I have ended up on the email lists of all sorts of officials, from my congressman to my state congressman to my state senator to my county supervisor and to my city councilwoman. What's great about these is they enumerate things that they voted on and why. So, now I know if I support my incumbents.

So, one positive that came from this awful time is that I am more informed about who is representing me.

Bijoux said...

After a few horrific hour or more waits, we have done mail in voting for years now. It should be free, but it’s not and requires multiple stamps because of the size and weight. Don’t get me started on that topic . . .

I used to be religious about voting for every single election, but honestly, I’ve become lackadaisical. I know too much about lobbyists and the reality is that they control our country and our ‘representatives’ don’t give two hoots about those they represent. It’s all about the money, no matter what party you align with. Sad.

Jerralea said...

Amen, Betty! I totally agree.

Denise said...

When I was running in my first election in 1988, a woman said she didn't know if she 'liked' me enough to sign my petition. I told her that it was more important that I was the most qualified of the three candidates. She and I eventually became friends and after I started my blog I even wrote about her death. Being informed is important. Congrats on knowing that! Too many do not.

Sandi said...

I am planning on voting in person too.

Joanne Noragon said...

It is an important right. Consider, if you are a woman, the right to vote is only a hundred years old. Be informed and vote.

Veronica Lee said...

I've never voted by mail before but if I'm not mistaken, I think that privilege is only for Malaysians living overseas. I am totally hopeless when it comes to politics and I vote for whomever hubby votes for!

Wendy said...

It is shocking the day after an election to see the low percentage of citizens who showed up to vote. I agree - be a good citizen and exercise your right!

Jeanette said...

I usually have one or two things that are important to me and will usually vote for the candidate that feels the same way I do. I don't know but I do know that like you I never miss an election!

Mary Kirkland said...

The last few elections I've voted by absentee ballot.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Thank you Betty. We have been voting my mail for as long as I can remember. Mainly because Mark traveled and it just made it easier for us to do it together at home. This is going to be one for the history books just like Covid-19!

Danielle L Zecher said...

I didn't start voting until I was in my 20s, but I've always paid more attention to the local elections. Selfishly, positions like Sheriff, District Attorney, etc. have a lot more impact on our daily lives. We're very much a one party county as well, so everything local is really decided in the primaries. I wish more people here would figure that out. For us, for local stuff, November is too late. That all gets decided long before then, in the primaries.

Juli said...

I have been asked MULTIPLE times about mail in voting as you can imagine. Hubs and Oldest will be voting at the polls. IT's important to hubs to do the process and for Oldest it's his first and wants to be with him.

Youngest will be absentee voting from college, and I am choosing to mail in. I believe in the postal system, and the votes that will be counted will be counted by my community, at my town hall. It will also create local jobs, even temporary, which the country will need desperately in November.

And like you, I can be better informed about my decisions if I have time to google each person, with names in front of me. Better education means a better outcome, regardless of who wins. Right?

Pat Hatt said...

I've done the random pick before. It is better to be in the know though, even if they all turn out to be liars. They may stand for things at the start, but once they get in they realize you can't do anything unless you scratch their back and they scratch yours, and then you go down the rabbit hole and honesty goes out the window.

DMS said...

I have voted in every presidential election since I turned 18. I will say that until I was about 30 I did not vote in my town and other local elections. That was wrong on my part- but I was unaware of how important who is elected is in our local area. When I first started voting locally I probably didn't do as much research either. But-every year I do more and more research and I have voted in primaries, local elections, etc. I believe everyone should vote if they are eligible. I am amazed at the people I know who don't vote. It is our right and I plan to vote every chance I get. :)
~Jess

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I always vote too. And I started the same year as you! I stayed informed about most of the local elections because there are so many agendas when it comes to spending money in our township and county. Good for us!

Toni said...

County Recorder is truly a position that needs someone with integrity. During our vote in June our county recorder threw out 10% of mail in ballots> Her reasons were pretty flimsy but the one that irritated me the most was that signatures did not exactly match. I registered in this county in 1874. It was almost 50 years ago.I don't know about you, but my signature is not as nice as it was back then!

Like you, I enjoy voting. I like saying hello to the people manning the poles and thank them for their dedication.

Secret Agent Woman said...

When I was younger, I only voted in presidential elections. Now I ALWAYS vote in local elections, and I research the candidates before hand.

Lisa said...

Veronica Lee said...

"I am totally hopeless when it comes to politics and I vote for whomever hubby votes for!"

Oh, Veronica, that is just so sad and shocking.

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