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Yesterday's Voting

I voted yesterday. It turns out that the Democrat and Republican ballots were both pretty boring. The Democrat ballot had more choices on it, so I changed my mind and decided to vote Democrat. Basically, for DA I decided to vote for the candidate who used to be a prosecutor instead of the one who was a defense attorney. For the other races, I voted against the incumbent when possible.

When the general election rolls around, I think I'm going to pretty much vote an anti-incumbent ballot.



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May. 3rd, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
I also voted in the (Democratic) primary yesterday. I have to admit that I didn't know any of the names, and also had not done any research.

So I resorted to my standard blind-vote style: Vote for the woman.

If there are multiple women, vote for the minority (if it's obvious). Yesterday was the first time that I had seen an hispanic name in the race for district court judge, so she got my vote.
May. 3rd, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
My standard if I don't know the candidates is often to skip voting in that race. I try to do my research, but some positions (judges in particular) are just very hard to do that for.

When I can narrow a partisan race down some but not to a single top preference (i.e. a coin toss where I definitely don't want Mr. X but don't care beyond that) whichever party comes higher on my preference list gets it. If nonpartisan, I'll pick one at random.

Of course, a Condorcet voting method would obviate the need for these types of strategies.
May. 3rd, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
I've also resorted to "When in doubt, vote for the challenger". The Valkyrie thinks that's sloppy, but I figure that the incumbent advantages are too great - in fact, I'm more confident of that than I am in any particular candidate - so that's essentially the principle I'm voting for.

I have noticed, however, that whomever I vote for, incumbent or challenger, almost invariably loses. I could be snobby and say I'm too smart for the electorate, or superstitious and say I'm a jinx.
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