Auros (auros) wrote,

Paraphrased from Xta...

There's a special election coming up. You know, the one that the Gubernator called to stroke his ego at the expense of millions of dollars of state money? There are a variety of initiatives on the ballot -- as far as I know they are uniformly really bad ideas -- and we need to make sure that the people who think it's a dumb election full of dumb ideas show up and vote. The money this election is costing the state will be spent whether you vote or not. Turnout for special elections is generally on the low side, and it would be bad for democracy in our state if the governor managed to shove things through on the basis of funds raised from corporate donors outside the state, star power, and a small group of mobilized right-wing supporters.

You may find it useful to know that you can (mostly) register to vote online. What you do is fill out a form, and they will mail you a paper card with all of your info already filled in, so that all you need to do is sign it and drop it back in the mail, or take it to your nearest Registrar of Voters office. It takes about 7-10 days to get to you, and the deadline for this November's election is 10/24, so if you're going to go this route you should fill it out Real Soon Now!™ If you're already registered, go you, you can ignore this! But I know a bunch of friends have moved in the last six months to a year, and I know Xta only got around to doing this a couple of weeks ago. You might get away with a provisional ballot if you moved within the same county, but there were worrying reports of what happened to those ballots, last fall.

I will, as usual, be hosting a pre-election ballot-review party, probably in the last week of October -- Friday the 28th is a possibility (I'll need to compare schedules with my roommate, and with Xta). If you or anyone you know is interested in attending, let me know how that date sounds, and what else might work if that doesn't. (I'll note up front that the weekend days are unlikely, and I don't think Thu night is a good idea, unless the Bab5ers are interested in replacing the usual games and frivolity that week.)

(Also, should anyone wish to post reviews of the last party -- "I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats!" -- feel free. *g*)

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