13 Days to Election Day

I’m attempting to post a brief meditation on the daily quote from my Election Day advent calendar. Today brings us:

You’re not to be so blind with patriotism
that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong,
no matter who does it or says it.
Malcolm X

Straight ticket voting. Malcolm X was talking about much loftier ideas than straight ticket voting, but that’s what was on my mind during the dog-walk this morning.

In Harris County, you can hit the straight ticket button, but a few things you should know if you do:

  1. All of the ballot initiatives and bonds are nonpartisan, so if you select straight ticket and then cast your ballot, you have not voted on any of those.
  2. You can select straight ticket, but then scroll through the ballot and change your vote in individual races.

I vote the person and not the party.  I tend to align with the Democratic Party, but on this year’s ballot, I voted for several Republicans (good and honest judges who are exactly the kind of people I want on the bench, and getting rid of partisan judicial races can’t happen soon enough in this state), and picked several races in which I cast no vote.

If you are a sentient being, you should not vote for Lloyd Oliver for District Attorney. The man is a loon, best known for his insultingly sexist and dangerously ignorant comments about domestic violence. Here’s a great blog post on the many reasons the man deserves to lose. Hint: the fact that he thinks “boxing lessons for the ladies” would solve the problem is actually nowhere near the most offensive thing about him.

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