LET'S GO VOTE
ELECTION DAY PREVIEW
A buddy of mine from Ireland had an interesting take on the U.S. electoral process.
I used to work with this Irish immigrant when I lived in Green Bay. Eoin is his name, and like anyone from somewhere else he had some interesting perspectives on life in the U.S.
We were talking over breakfast about an upcoming election, and I was discussing my choice for school board. Eoin exclaimed, "School Board? You Americans vote for (explative) everything! In Ireland, you vote for one guy, and he hires the school board. You people vote for bus driver in this country!"
I'm not proposing to rewrite election law or the Constitution, but the guy has a point. I think one of the great factors in voter apathy is the belief that, "I don't know what I'm doing."
We don't like to feel stupid. Even for an informed and civic minded person, it's hard to keep up with the races for municipal judge, county clerk, village so and so, etc. Sometimes our efforts there feel in vain. We throw up our hands and say, "I don't know who to vote for so I won't go."
In an effort to combat this, I've included a useful link to a site through the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It breaks down local races, and includes a ton of other links to your local papers that also can help you know what's on the ballot before you head to the polls.
I've also included a link to a State elections site that can help you find out where you vote. Also your local municipal sites usually feature that information as well. Otherwise you can always call your clerk's office.
See you at the polls. On Wisconsin!
Who else am I voting for: http://www.jsonline.com/index/index.aspx?id=502
Find out where you vote through an address search: http://vpa.wi.gov/VoterSearchScreen.aspx?Language=en-us