I just voted–filled out my absentee ballot, and stuffed it in the mail.
The ballot this year was fairly empty, with only two real choices to make for elected office. It’s sad to think that six people will be elected to public office without contest. I don’t know if I’m happy with their performance, but their doing a decent enough job that I’m not going to go out and find a replacement for them. I’m certainly not going to run for public office.
While there were few races for office, there were sixteen ballot initiatives to consider. I was amazed at the number of constitutional amendments were on the state-wide ballot, and how many charter amendments were on the county ballot. All told, these two categories accounted for 12 of the 16 initiatives.
I wonder if other states have the same experiences with off-year ballots. It’s been a while since I lived in New York, and I never paid attention to the off-year races while living in New Jersey. So, needless to say, I can’t remember what it was like in those two states. I get this feeling that off-year election cycles are the chosen time for busy-bodies to get things passed while the rest of the electorate is asleep…