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  •  I agree about letting them run unopposed. (2+ / 0-)
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    vickijean, blueisland

    I just moved to a new town/state a handful of months back.

    Didn't know anything about the local politics, really. With the moving and the going back to school and the planning to be married, I had too much going on to seek out in-depth info on the local politics. But, with the election approaching, I found myself thinking: "Well, without really knowing who everyone is, I guess I can choose between voting only for the few names I'm familiar with or simply voting for whoever has a 'D' next to their name."

    Of course, when I looked at the ballot I'd have to work with, my heart sank when I saw the number of Republicans running unopposed. Didn't even have the option to simply vote for whoever had a 'D' next to their name because plenty of times I had no option with a 'D' next to their name.

    It seems like common sense to always make sure you run someone.

    I knew going in that Obama and Heinrich would win without my vote, and that Steve Pearce would remain my congressperson even if I showed up to vote against him. I still voted, but you have to wonder how many similarly left-minded people made the same assessment and so didn't bother voting at all?

    If the top-of-the-ballot names have fates that are pretty much certain, why not give us more Democratic options further down the ballot to get excited about? Would love to throw some weight around further down the ballot where less people vote and each vote carries more weight.

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