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?

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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org. I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

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