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Election, NaNo, general - The Phantom Librarian
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fernwithy
fernwithy
Election, NaNo, general
Well, I made my NaNo quota yesterday (aiming for 2000, got 2212). Yay, me.

I'm trying to find an online guide to the non-presidential candidates I'm meant to vote for, but the League of Women Voters doesn't seem to have it handy. Grr. At least it doesn't look like there are any local referenda that I should have been reading up on. (Despite everything, this feels like it snuck up on me! All the presidential stuff, and I just wasn't keeping up with state stuff.)

No rest for Copley Square. Sox parade Saturday; tomorrow, it's the site of Kerry's either concession or victory speech. I'll admit to liking a guy who picks the library as the best place for such a thing. Although I've never actually seen him there before. The scaffolding and all that is whacky. Streets closed and so on.

I'm a geek. I'm totally looking forward to election day. I love it. I think it should be a national holiday so everyone can watch the returns come in.

Getting up early to vote before work so I can write after work while listening to CNN...
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gmth From: gmth Date: November 1st, 2004 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying to find an online guide to the non-presidential candidates...

This site might help: http://www.vote-smart.org/
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 1st, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the link, but it's giving me blank pages for local info!
gmth From: gmth Date: November 1st, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, crud.
arclevel From: arclevel Date: November 1st, 2004 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
A few years ago, Vote Smart was a great website, but the last couple elections, it seems like no one actually fills out their questionairres. Also, it doesn't have many races available. I'm trying desperately to figure out a couple of county elections, plus stuff like university boards. In other words, I feel your pain, Fern. ;-)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 1st, 2004 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me, I always counted on the League of Women Voters, with their handy ballot guide for everything. Supposedly, it was printed in the Globe, but I never saw it, and hey... since when was it something you pay for? Aren't they just supposed to give stacks of them to libraries?
arclevel From: arclevel Date: November 1st, 2004 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did find something on their website (though I just closed it in frustration with non-responsive candidates, and thus can't link it for you). I'd have assumed you would be able to get it at libraries, but, well, you'd know that far better than I would. I have this sneaking suspicion you're there more often.

I'm now helpfully finding nothing on the Circuit Court Judge candidates. *sigh* I may abstain in some of the university board elections due to lack of knowledge and lots of candidates, but I feel rather compelled to look through and vote for someone in the election for my own school.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: November 2nd, 2004 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I went to the state offices, found what my ballot would look like and then googled the folks on the list:

http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm

click on who's on my ballot:

http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/search.php

and again a link to who's on my ballot to:

http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/ballotout.php?&ppid=ST&ct=35&wd=1&prnct=3

but of course you'll want your local precinct and ward, not mine.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 2nd, 2004 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks... though it turned out not to matter! ALmost everyone in my district was running unopposed! For shame, Mass GOP--can't you at least try???
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: November 2nd, 2004 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. Although I did meet the one local Republican who was running in my district when he was campaigning outside my T station he didn't impress me. Strictly a one-issue candidate and he wasn't getting his facts right. (Anti-Gay marriage, using the argument that teachers will have to teach homosexuality in school, postcard of second grade teacher with children asking questions... as if any second grade teacher faced with a sex-related question wouldn't blithely tell her students to ask their parents and then go back to teaching the times table.) He didn't seem to have a stand he could articulate on public spending, libraries, the environment, poverty, or infrastructure. We did agree on one point, at least: that it was all right for us to disagree.

The only person I actually had to look up was from the militant worker's party. She was a candidate for VP in that party at one time. Guess she moved from Texas and lowered her sights...
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