Absentee Primary Ballot

March 27, 2008 By: erik Category: News, Politics, USA, Voting 657 views

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Absentee Primary BallotMy absentee ballot for the May 6, 2008, North Carolina Democratic Primary arrived finally. Like a good voter, I spent a couple hours putting each candidate’s name into Google and learning about their opinions on various issues. Some of them, like the humorously named Duskin Lassiter, lost my vote for simple reasons of web site design. And then there were those candidates that couldn’t even afford their own domain name, like Howard Staley, whose page is hosted on a website that advertises “Have A Website in 5 Minutes!” By far the most professional website by a non-presidential candidate was that of Kay Hagan, a woman running for Elizabeth Dole’s Senate seat.

Since this was a Democratic Primary ballot, all the candidates were from the same party, which means that their positions were all but indistinguishable on most issues. Obviously everyone should vote based on issues, but if that’s not good enough, then other criteria need to be employed. Whenever my decision came down to two people, fifty-fifty, I used the following decision-making strategy, where applicable:

  • If one of the candidates is the incumbent, vote for the other guy.
  • If one is male and the other is female, vote for the woman.
  • If one is white and the other is a racial minority, vote for the minority.

I realize that this is horribly sexist and racist, but Washington is overwhelmingly run by white men, and anything I can do to make the demographics of the government more closely reflect the demographics of the population, the better, I think.

$1.80 Stamps

Apparently it cost the North Carolina taxpayers $1.80 to send me the ballot. What is that, like one euro now?

Absentee Primary Ballot

My vote for the Democratic nominee for the Presidential Elections of 2008.

To anyone in the Obama campaign offices, I’ve got a suggestion for a great chant that can be used at rallies:

Half the crowd: “Who’s got B.O.?”

The other half: “We’ve got B.O.!!!”

I hereby submit this chant into the public domain. It can be used without my explicit consent.

For some reason my blog has a Voting category. It must be because this was my second or third post. Anyway, this post fits perfectly in that category, don’t you think?

 
  • http://www.isoglossia.com sgazzetti

    Wasn’t Lassiter a 1970′s crime fighter?

    Anyway, I’m pretty sure that guy designed his website no later than 1994.

    I love that he lost your vote based on that criterion.

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    WasnÂ’t Lassiter a 1970Â’s crime fighter?

    Yeah, I think the show was “Dusky and Stitch”. Seriously, who names their kid Duskin?

    If you view the source of his website, it becomes obvious that it’s designed with Yahoo! SiteBuilder and has lovely javascript functions called things like tableWorkaround().

    It’s pretty appalling the lack of knowledge that the US Congress has about the internet and technology in general. If Dusky here has his website designed with this horrible template, how can I trust his judgement on something as serious as Net Neutrality? Discarding him based on his website design may seem capricious, pompous, or hasty, but there are real, important underlying issues for which web design is a telling symptom. [apply iceberg metaphor here]