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Some voting resources

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Before I go to sleep, here are some websites that might be helpful in researching stuff on ballots, primarily in CA but also anywhere else in the US--a few nonpartisan resources, plus a bunch of organizations' lists of their positions on measures and candidates:

Feel free to post comments providing other such links, whether national or local to wherever you live. Also, feel free to post links to positions/endorsements by non-liberal organizations if you like.

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I forgot to mention the National Conference of State Legislatures' Ballot Measures Database, which lets you search by state and topic and year and so on. Doesn't provide info beyond what's in your voter information guide, as far as I can tell, but might be of use if you're interested in what's going on in states other than your own.


I had a simpler approach to voting resources.

MA doesn't have quite the intimidating love affair with referenda that CA does, so we only faced three. Two I decided on pretty quickly (allowing day care workers to unionize, and allowing candidates to be nominated and listed on the ballot under more than one party, so you could vote for a third party candidate and also someone with a hope of winning at the same time, in order to promote new parties; I embraced the con argument by summarizing to Steve "I voted in favor of more confusing ballots")(though I must say, it's kinda fun to vote in MA, where many of the races were between Democrats and Green/Rainbow candidates).

The third had a more balanced pro/con, so, remembering my feeling when I turned 18 that I was wholely unprepared to be a voting person (having been raised with the knee jerk simplicity of "Democrats evil, Republicans good," and then at Swat being told "Republicans evil, Democrats good," it took me a while to sort out my own ideas), I decided to take the opportunity to give the kids some practice. I discussed the issue with them sporadically in the last few weeks, and then phoned en route to the polls and asked Wolf which way she wanted me to vote, and then did so, on her behalf. If anyone's curious, Wolf feels very strongly that wine should not be sold in grocery stores. She can even tell you why, in detail, if you have the time.


Bhadrika, I don't know how old Wolf is, but my daughter Aviva (5 1/2) will be so jealous. She spent much of Election Day getting her little brother to chant with her "Let kids vote! Let kids vote!" How silly of us not to think of your ingenious solution...


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