An argument could be made that there are many, many, many wasted votes especially when it comes to local elections. And by wasted, I mean a vote that is made with almost no thought, or with the same logic that would encourage SAT test takers to choose C if you don’t have a better guess. And by all this, I’m talking about ballots for Judges, School Superintendants, County Assessors, and other elected positions that always miss the muck fests that accompany most election cycles.
Especially with the advent of blogs, those running for positions in local government are missing out by not taking advantage of sites such as Metroblogging LA and LA Voice to to get an edge on their opponents. When it comes to positions the public has little awareness of, could any promotion hurt?
I’m encouraging anyone who supports a candidate vying for a Los Angeles County vote, or the candidates themselves, to speak up in the comments, or provide your pitch in the “suggest a story” link at right.
Of all the names listed on the primary ballot for Judge of the Superior Court (let alone School Superintendant or County Assessor) I don’t recognize a single name, and neither do most voters. I’ve also never known of anyone who’s actually researched the people who run for this position. If you’re like me, this leaves your vote to a number of superficial factors based entirely on what is written on the ballot itself – who’s got the sexier name? Who current position qualifies them for my vote? Which hole looks most fun to punch (or ink-a-dot)?
In short, if only one of these candidates would take the time to explain why they deserve consideration, it would give me signifigant reason to choose them over the other strangers I know nothing about.