Other Things to Vote For
We have been talking a lot about voting lately, and we’ll continue to do through Election Day, 7 Nov 2006. In addition to candidates, there are also different ballot initiatives to be voted on, and these vary depending on where you live & vote. An example is Michigan’s Proposal 2, which will ask Michigan voters to decide on wheter Affirmative Action should be banned in some cases.
I think that ballot initiatives are very effective in increasing voter turnout. This is generally the case for 2 reasons:
1. They are usually started/thought of/proposed by individual citizens or groups of citizens
Because these initiative are many times proposed by people who are not politicians (this is not always true), voters have an easier time trusting them and their initiatives by extension.
2. They often deal with specific local issues
The “this doesn’t effect me or my life” myth is further debunked in these cases because they often have to do with right-in-front-of-your-face issues, such as whether to build a new freeway or tunnel in your city.
If you do not feel like voting for a particular individual is not important, are ballot initiatives more important or more motivating?