1. Why is it called the "mid-term" election?
2. Who's running for Governor of the State of Utah?
3. Who's running for Senate in the State of Utah?
4. Who's running in the Utah 2nd Congressional District, and why does it matter?
5. Who controls the education budget in the State of Utah?
6. Why does my vote this year matter?
7. Is it too late to register to vote?
8. When does early voting begin?
9. Why should I vote, when there's so much voter apathy?
10. What's the best way to become informed on the issues?
Now scroll down and view my answers:
|President Barack Obama|
|Governor Gary Herbert|
|Utah's Next Senator, Mike Lee|
|Utah's Next Congressman, Morgan Philpot|
5. I spoke with a woman who had four registered children living at home on Saturday. All five voters in that home were registered as Democrats. She's a single mom and a school teacher. When I introduced her to Morgan Philpot as a possible replacement for Jim Matheson, the first question she asked me was, "Where does Philpot stand on education funding?" I had to educate the educator that education funding has nothing to do with the candidates in the 2nd Congressional District. Education funding is part of the Governor's budget each year that he proposes to the State House of Representatives for approval, and then eventually to the State Senate. Property taxes assessed and collected by the 29 Utah counties each year is what primarily pays for school expenses, in addition to taxes from the general fund. She obviously was unaware of how things work in the government (she wasn't a Social Studies teacher), and I suspect she might be only one of many who likewise do not understand how it all works. She thanked me for my brief doorstep tutorial, overheard by all her adult children, and then uttered these golden words, "If someone like you (meaning an old guy like you) cares enough to get out and knock on doors on a Saturday morning, then you must really believe in what you're doing." She was right! I'm hoping she cares enough to cross over this year and vote for Morgan Philpot and Gary Herbert.
|Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi|
7. It's too late to register online or by mail or to get an absentee ballot, but you can still go to your county clerk's office in person and register to vote. Don't let this election slip past without getting registered. If you don't register, you can't vote.
8. Early voting begins on October 19th. Polling places will be open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day until election day. You can call your county clerk's office to get the details on polling locations.
|Women voters in Iraq|
10. I determined I would get off the sidelines this year, and I did. I made it a point to become acquainted with the candidates, made my picks, then ran for election as a state delegate from my precinct to the nominating convention. I believe there has never been a time in my life when the choices were more distinct and straightforward. I have diligently ignored the screaming rhetoric from the polar opposite ends of the political spectrum this year. I advise all to do the same. Learn your truth from within the mainstream moderate voices of reason. Seek out the candidates' websites and learn their positions for yourselves. Don't rely on what others say about them. Make up your own mind. While it is obvious I am conservative and think of myself as moderate (there are those meaningless labels again), I try to keep an open mind. I'm looking for leaders who are independent thinkers regardless of their political party affiliation. There is a reason. If the Republicans don't get it right this time (and they have two years to do it, assuming the electorate gives them the reins in Congress again), then Americans will become even more enraged with what comes out of Washington, and we will surely see the beginning of the end of the two-party system. "Something else" will come in its place, and rightly so. I have no idea what that might look like, but I hope the trend continues into 2012. Americans will have every right to change it up again in two years if they can't get what they seek. That's because, "It's always morning in America." I am not discouraged, disheartened and disgusted enough to think it can't be turned around with true leadership that can be rekindled based upon the Constitution. I believe we will see a renewal beginning November 2nd.
Beware the doomsdayers. It may well prove the case that the best is yet to come in America. She still has a glorious destiny to inherit as the shining city on the hill. We're not there yet. You have to vote for it. It won't just happen because you hope it will.
And remember, it's all preparation for the righteous reign of the King of kings and the Lord of Lords yet to come. That's real hope and change everyone will come to believe in someday.