27 June 2006

The Real Independence Day: Primary Thoughts

IMAGE_043So I voted today in the primaries . . . did you? Probably not, considering only about 10% of Utahns actually vote in the primary. I find it fascinating that the same people that couldn't be bothered to vote today will next week be celebrating the ideals of our nation. It's fairly ridiculous that such a small percentage of the people actually care what happens in the primaries. In a politically lop-sided state like Utah, it seems that most elections would be pretty much decided in the primaries, since most Republican candidates are shoe-ins in November (with notable exceptions). You missed out on the real ceremony if you were waiting for the 4th to celebrate your American-ness.

And granted, some primary elections seem trivial: I don't understand the big hoopla over the Cannon/Jacobs race. The race is not over issues, since the candidates agree on almost everything. I mean really, the only argument in this race is whether experience is more productive than change. Why are people wasting all this campaign money to replace one representative with another who will do exactly the same things? Seems like a big waste of time to me. (Luckily for those of you who care, I am registered at home, not in the Bubble, so I didn't vote on this race anyway.)

Also, I was quite suprised at the ignorance shown by the candidates in the Jordan School District Prescint #3 race: two of the candidates didn't even bother to create websites, or ones that I could find anyway. You would think that in this tech-saavy world that would be a given. I did all my voting research online, and their lack of online information pretty much cost them my vote.

Oh, and if anyone out there was worried that electronic voting would be confusing, it's not. It is the most absolutely wonderful thing ever! Okay I exaggerate, but it definitely outranks punch cards--which even I found confusing--by a mile. And I say this not just from my tech-saavy perspective: my tech-backwards mother (sorry Mum!) was able to easily figure out the system. I enjoyed the large print option. Even though I didn't particularly need it, it was nice not to have to put my nose next to the ballot in order to read it. The only step that might be confusing is the double-confirmation of the ballot, since some people might forget the last step and just walk away. But the machine won't give you back your little ID card thing unless you do, so it should be fairly easy to spot and take care of.


Marisa VanSkiver said...

I have to say that I did not vote in either Utah or Kansas primaries, let alone am I registered to vote in either state. However, it is not that I suffer from any type of laziness concerning this matter, but rather an identity crisis (or location identity crisis to be more precise.) I have had a lot of trouble deciding which state to register in. Whether or not I'll ever come back to Kansas and how long I'll be in Provo. But, I think come fall, I'll actually register as a Provo voter. That's if I decide if that's where I'm really living. College life is so confusing!

alishka babushka said...

so I prolly should have voted, and I would have, had it been easy for me. You see...I am registered in Hometown, and not cougar town...makes it difficult to take an hour out of my day to go down and vote. so i didn't, but i would have...does that count? (p.s. this is alicia... ;) )

Liz Muir said...

Whatever Alicia! I drove up to SLC to vote. Come on!