Campaign tactics discourage voters

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Finally in 2000 – because I thought it was important (and have since been proved right) – I voted for the “lesser of two evils” rather than the best candidate. And, glory-be! My candidate actually got the most votes. And he – still – didn’t win. It may take nearly a quarter-century of having it shoved in my face, but eventually even I can recognize “pointless.” I haven’t voted since. – David We asked, and you responded. Why didn’t you vote? The responses we received were thoughtful and well-reasoned. Here is a sampling of the postings on our vote blog: I used to vote religiously. From 18 on, I carefully studied my booklet, researched, and voted for the best candidate available. Net result: I elected exactly nobody. Not one City Councilman. Not one Mayor. No Sheriffs, Governors, State Reps, Senators, Representatives or City Attorneys. And especially no Presidents. I didn’t vote because I wasn’t informed enough to make an educated decision. Way too many obscure people on the ballot to keep track of. – John S. I did vote, yet sometimes I did not vote. If a candidate harassed me by tying up my telephone line more than three times I pulled my vote for him. – Patrick Short I did vote; however, I chose not to vote for the 30th State Senate District race. Candidates Ron Calderon and Rudy Bermudez spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in the effort to fill constituents’ mail boxes with ridiculous amounts of mail. All with the same poll tested messages that gave a small glimpse into the candidates. California is in serious need of campaign finance reform. There is no need for state senate candidates to spend that much money on this campaign. – Adam Rogers I voted. It cost me 30 dollars, 2 cabs and a lot of frustration. I have asked for an absentee ballot for 3 years and have never received it. To top it off, I received 52 pieces of mail in 3 days all regarding a candidate I would not vote for if he was the last Democrat on earth! And he has apparently won. I will think hard if I want to spend the money, trek off to some obscure voting area, and have some idiot I don’t support win. – T. Byers160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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