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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tis the Season to VOTE!

VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Every year, is another opportunity to vote for officials locally and nationally. The Presidential vote every 4 years is just part of the democracy process. So, I encourage all my readers to go to their city's website and see who is running for what office.

Here in Greensboro, NC, there are a few openings and I am going to try and make sense of what jobs are available and exactly what they are responsible for, so that I can be an informed voter.

Here is a link to Greensboro's PDF file that shows you who wants to run and for what office. This one is pretty cool looking too: Primary Elections (I touch on this in a bit).

Mayor - The mayor is the elected head of a city, town, or other municipality.

City Council At Large - This needs to be broken down. The City Council is a municipal body that can pass ordinaces and appropriate funds, etc. At Large means that the whole city will vote on the same pool.

Primary Election - Your city will have a primary election if too many members of one party is vying for the same office. So for instance, in my city five (5) Republicans are running for the Mayoral seat. Well, there can only be one (1) Republican and one (1) Democrat running at the same time and that will take place in November.
To make things more confusing, there are offices available for city council members for each district. To me, that just spells more arguments in the board room. Who knows, I may run for one of those offices one day, then I will really know what goes on in there. (random thought)

So, that is it. There you have it. There are a few offices open and a lot of people looking to get in the seat. As citizens, our job is to check out these people and help put the right one in the seat. We have quite a bit of mayors running for office this term, including the one already in office looking to be re-elected. I have to admit, I don't know anything about these people. I don't follow the news much and quite frankly, politics down here seem to be different from what I am used to from my Brooklyn days. Anyhoo, during my search, I have figured out that two of the candidates are Democrats (I am a Dem..), none are of any other party except Republican, to the best of my knowledge. I can't tell for the life of me why there status or affiliation is not posted on the website. I had to find one of the candidates on Facebook to see if he was still running because I couldn't find the website. I did eventually find it, but waited for his response. He was indeed still running and asked that I volunteer to help him. I have yet to respond, because I would love to help, but don't think I am ready to commit that kind of time. Maybe I can ask him to lunch or something just to see what he is about. Do you think he would accept?

So to recap, PLEASE look at who is running for office, look up any office that you don't understand, and then in October (this is for primary voting (you must check your city's website to see if there is a primary voting option) GET OUT AND VOTE!; and then again in November (general election); GET OUT AND VOTE!

(Please correct me if I am wrong with anything that I say in this post. I am no political science major).

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2 comments:

  1. That was a wonderful explanation of a very complicated process. So many people don't vote because they don't know where to start. We promote our local elections on our Facebook page at Tennessee Democratic Women of East TN as well as through local events. This morning I just read Tennessee Talking Points and he did a great job at explaining why we should focus on local votes. I compare it to Facebook and Thurgood Marshall. They both had a plan to start local, create a history, then grow step by step - and as they grew the ripple effect gave us Brown vs. Board of Education and Facebook. (Totally unrelated I know-but their strategies were similar.) We can't walk into Congress and start overturning some desks, but we can get the Democrats in at ground level, and their influence will work upwards. Very nice post :)

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  2. Thank you for posting and I look forward to following you.

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