So I got up this morning and did my duty.
After that, I got dressed, freshened up and did my civic duty.
The voting process itself went pretty smoothly - there were no lines, the ballot was short this year, and the Diebold voting machine seemed to work flawlessly (more on that later). I was in and out of there in about 7 minutes.
I must admit to being a somewhat half-hearted voter this year, as I had no idea about any of the candidates for city council, school board, etc. - so I didn't vote for any of them. And this is an important point - if you don't know anything about the issue, DON'T VOTE ON IT. However, you can take my word for it that Ohio Issues 1-5 are bad, and vote against them.
On the other hand, you can blindly vote with some degree of success if you follow a few basic rules:
1. Always vote against the Modern American Liberal (99% of the Democrat party).
Corollary: Republicans are getting to be just as bad - so you must choose if you are going to be a "lesser-of-two-evils" or a third-party kind of guy.
2. Always vote against more government creation, legislation, taxation, interference (which usually corresponds with #1).
Corollary: Always vote for measures which promote individual liberty and responsibility.
3. Always vote against a measure in which the government says, "Trust us" (acts as it's own oversight).
Regarding those Diebold voting machines, they are an issue that for once, I am in some agreement with the Democrats about. First of all, you don't get a printed confirmation of your ballot, so there's no paper trail. Secondly, the software is not open-source (open to public scrutiny). And thirdly, from a Software Engineer's standpoint, the vote confirmation process is inefficient and potentially error-prone.
The confirmation process has you going through your ballot page-by-page, and as you confirm each page, it prints the results to the roll (from what I can hear, anyway). My problem with this is that you can also go backwards and change your votes after some of the ballot has already been confirmed and printed to the rolls. Now, I’m sure they keep track of that somehow, but it certainly seems prone to error - why not just confirm the whole of the ballot once, before writing the results? Baffling.
(Keep in mind that this is all mere conjecture rather than hard fact)
But while I have my reservations regarding the voting machines, I must say that overall it made the voting process pretty smooth, was very readable, and very intuitive. It should also speed up the vote-counting process exponentially.
Coming up next: It should be harder to vote.
Looks like most Ohioans agreed with me on state issues 2-5:
Issue 2: NO (63%/37%)
Issue 3: NO (67%/33%)
Issue 4: NO (70%/30%)
Issue 5: NO (70%/30%)
Unfortunately, it looks like Issue 1 has passed, (54%/46%). When will people learn that it's not the responsibility of the government to "create" jobs? When will people learn that they can't give the government free reign to our pockets and trust them to spend it wisely? When will people learn that the secret to a freer and more productive society is less government? Sigh.
Well, at least the bad fruits of the Issue 1 decision won't be felt for a few years - maybe i'll be in a more like-minded state by then.
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Here begins your journey into the mind of everybody's favorite asian, and I don't mean Jet Li.
What follows is the somewhat inane, mostly irrelevant, and self-important ramblings of a man on the brink of madness.
Welcome... to the Chu.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Voting is for winners [L]