sample ballot

finally a candidate we can all agree on!

(oh, and at the risk of ruining the fun of this post…

  • this was made using an extra sample ballot as a “joke”
  • don’t write in candidates, you’re literally throwing away your vote
  • this blog won’t tell you who to vote for
  • this blog WILL tell you that, if you’re a lovely in america and able to vote, do so!! read about the candidates at all levels of government, stay informed, and exercise your right to vote!

take care, lovelies, and have a great election day…just 24 hours until you don’t have to be forced to watch this circus any longer!)
White riot: how racism and immigration gave us Trump, Brexit, and a whole new kind of politics
Across the West, a new kind of far-right politics is rising — beginning one of the most important ideological battles of the 21st century.
By Zack Beauchamp

Remember that fantasy story from a little while back where a group of young people banded together and against all odds saved the world from the Fire Lord? Well, in our very real world, Millennials now make up 31% of the electorate, yet (according to Pew research) have had the lowest voter turnout of any age group. When I see reports like that it stings, because I was not politically active when I was an apathetic young adult, and I deeply regret it. But I hope this generation will defy the odds and make their voices heard tomorrow.

For all the flak this “Social Media Generation” gets, from what I’ve witnessed, so many young people are so much more well-informed and confident in their views than I was at their age. And as I’ve seen in numerous studies, and as is cited in the above-linked article (and it is just one of a precious few glimmers of hope mentioned in that excellent piece), the younger generations in the West are increasingly more tolerant and inclusive in their ideologies. Ignorant, hateful, and harmful attitudes are not “over,” “solved,” or “dead” by any means even within young generations, but it is a positive trend amidst the increasingly polarized and toxic social and political landscapes.

So, I hope every young person who bothered to register also bothers to vote tomorrow. And if you have your sample ballots completed, I urge you to take the time to read this fantastically thorough Vox article pulling from mountains of statistical data. It’s a long one, but I think you’ll find it worth the time to read the whole thing. This is a frighteningly clear view of the lay of the land stretching behind and—no matter who wins on Tuesday—ahead of us.

And if you do make it through the article, and the historical examples of Lithuania’s Kaunus and Vilnius seem too distant and foreign and unconnected to our collective American culture, I urge you to watch this invaluable PBS documentary on the rise and fall of Jim Crow (links to parts 1, 2, 3, & 4). See for yourselves how these very atrocities played out in the not-too-distant past on American soil at the hands of white mobs who felt not economic woes but rather, as Beauchamp paraphrases Petersen, “resentment: the feeling of injustice on the part of a privileged portion of society when it sees power slipping into the hands of a group that hadn’t previously held it.” Some of the atrocities described played out a handful of miles from where I sat in my desk in public school in the South, yet as I recall, the whole Jim Crow era was devoted little more than a few paragraphs—maybe a short chapter—in our textbooks. Yet in today’s social media age, practically all of the world’s information is available at a few touches of our fingertips. We can all take the initiative to sift past the myopia, the fear-mongering, the lies, and the hate to learn something truthful and valuable from our past to work towards a progressive future.

On obsessiveness and voting

Hi. So when I was 18, and 20, and 22, I did not vote.

I was really scared of voting.

I’m always kind of overwhelmed by new situations, and voting seemed truly terrifying: 1. There are strangers there; 2. I wasn’t sure if some of those strangers would try to keep me from voting; 3. I might have to stand in line; 4. the voting machines would be scary and weird; 5. I knew the basics of who I wanted to vote for, but I didn’t know a lot about the ballot initiatives, many of which–when I would consult sample ballots–seemed to be intentionally obtuse.

Basically, I fell into this obsessive thought spiral and it felt like the only way out of all my anxiety and fear was just not to vote, and so I didn’t, because not voting is pretty easy.

This happens to me all the time, even about very little things: Like, every day I have to take this pill in order to be overall less inclined toward obsessive thought spirals, and some days it becomes incredibly hard to take the pill, because not taking the pill is technically easier, and my brain cycles through all these terrible possible outcomes associated with taking the pill, like how I will have to swallow and what if the pill gets stuck in my esophagus and also I will have to drink something, and what if the tap water I drink contains salmonella and etc.

Voting is different from taking your medicine, but I think maybe some of the time when people say “My vote won’t count anyway,” or “I don’t feel informed enough to vote,” or whatever they say, what they’re really saying is, “Everything in my regular everyday life is challenging and hard enough without having to add this weird unknown voting thing to my life.”

And people will dismiss that feeling as silly–which maybe technically it is; like, I guess it’s technically silly that I find it incredibly hard to take my medication on some days–but it is real and if you feel that way, you are not alone or a freak or a failure of democracy or anything like that.

For one thing, there are people who do not want you to vote, and in many places they have made it hard to do so. But hopefully not impossible! For another, new things are scary and overwhelming to a lot of people.

So here’s what I have learned about voting:

1. At almost every polling place, there is someone who will advocate for your right to vote and try to make it easy for you.

2. If you go to the wrong polling place, or you aren’t registered, no one will get mad at you.

3. If you vote for the wrong person by accident, no one will get mad at you. They just give you a new ballot.

4. You are not the worst-informed voter in the United States.

5. The trick of having only experienced voters know how to navigate the process of voting is an attempt by those who have power to retain it. You deserve to be heard. Your voice is valuable. So take a few deep breaths, look up your polling place, and become one of the people that the U.S.’s elected representatives must answer to.

I know it’s not easy, and I congratulate and thank every single person reading this who voted in this election.

I made a bunch of videos discussing how to register, vote absentee, get a sample ballot, find your polling place, and vote in each of the 50 states. Each of them is around 2 minutes long and they have all the information that you (and everyone else) needs to get make their voice heard on November 8th. Please spread so those who are voting for the first time can have an easy resource to figure out exactly how to do it!

AlabamaAlaskaArizona  - Arkansas  - California  - Colorado  - ConnecticutDelaware  - FloridaGeorgiaHawaii  - Idaho  - Illinois  - Indiana  - Iowa  - Kansas -  Kentucky -  Louisiana  - Maine  - Maryland -  Massachusetts  - Michigan  - MinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming 

Washington DCUnincoporated Territories - Military and Overseas

It’s not an accident that we’re sending kids out of school with no concept of how to vote, or even how to register in the first place. Keeping youth ignorant is a very purposeful thought out process that results in generations that feel disenfranchised and powerless and who in turn grow up to not feel like their involvement with politics matters anyway. 

It’s not your fault they didn’t teach you. But you can learn on your own, by your specific state, from How To Vote In Every State. Each video goes over the different requirements for voting in each state and includes helpful links like sample ballots you can fill out at home to use as reference when you go to vote. 

You cannot vote online, anything you’re seeing that says you can is either intended as a parody or is an outright lie to prevent people from going to the polls to skew the election. 

Some states have banned campaign clothing from voting locations entirely. This could include anything from hats to buttons to water-bottles. If you’re not sure what the laws in your state are, it’s better to not wear anything campaign related to vote. You may be asked to turn shirts inside-out, or wear a jacket to cover slogans, put hats away or remove buttons from your bag/clothing/whatever. It’s honestly probably just easier not to wear anything campaign related and save yourself a potential hassle. 

The official sample ballot for the presidential election in Minnesota:

See what’s missing? Yep: There’s no Donald Trump on the ballot. Of Minnesota. 

Apparently the Republican Party of Minnesota forgot to file the paperwork to get on get on the ballot. Of Minnesota.

So Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot. Of Minnesota.


Voting isn’t like a test in school

timothymcmackin said:

You asked what we wanted to share about voting rights: It took me a couple elections before I learned that voting was not like a test in school. You can plan ahead, look up a sample ballot, and bring selections on paper. You don’t have to memorize your choices. But some places in the USA don’t allow electronic devices in the polling place, so use paper for the notes.

anonymous asked:

I voted yesterday for the first time. The only issue was I had no idea who any of the people I voted for were.

It’s great that you’re doing your civic duty and all, but it really amounts to shit if you didn’t exercise that right properly. If you’re going to vote, do your research beforehand. It’s not that hard. Every town and county will have a sample ballot with information on the candidates available for you. Even google integrated it into their search engine so you wouldn’t have to go very far to find things.

Voting determines who you’re going to let be in charge of you and what your political situation will be for the next year at the very least. You need to be informed and actually give a shit.