Sample Ballots Are Here
Most of us should have received our sample ballots for the June Primary by now. Those of us in third parties got blessed with a combined ballot with all the third party primary ballots included. Not a bad idea to save time and money, I suppose.
I'll be sending the wife's to her, in San Francisco, so she can send in the Absentee Ballot application. First time she's ever had to do that, I believe.
More and more people are going the absentee route. As for me, I think I'll continue to go vote at our local polling place, which for my precinct is the Odd Fellows Hall on Buhne Street in Eureka.
A couple times in past years I've voted early. A lot of people don't know that you can go to the Elections Division office, at 3033 H Street in Eureka, and vote weeks ahead of the election. I used to like doing it that way to avoid the chance of getting stuck, should there be a line at my normal polling place (which rarely happens).
I stopped doing that for a couple reasons: First, it seemed like just an extra hassle for the people at Elections Division, them having to drop everything to give me a ballot and process it. Yes, I do care about making extra work for people when there's no need to.
Second, the last time I voted early, I changed my mind in one race after I voted, and wished I'd held off and voted on Election Day. After I'd voted there was a candidate forum on TV and, in one of those rare instances where a candidate forum changed my mind, I'd wished I'd voted for someone I hadn't.
Not that I'd voted for someone else. As I've mentioned here before, I often don't vote in city council races as I see no compelling reason to vote for any particular candidate. In that particular instance, one candidate said at least one thing that actually changed my mind.
My attitude may change, though, as it looks like the Left, via Chris Kerrigan, may be trying to turn the Eureka City Council into an Arcata City Council clone. That's the impression I've been given from recent news reports, anyway.
Nothing really against the Left OR Chris Kerrigan. Heck, it's good to have some divergent views among council critters, but I don't want the Eureka City Council to end up like Arcata's. That would be a bad thing.
As far as absentee voting: Nope. I'll save that for when I'm confined to a wheelchair, assuming I live that long.