If you vote in the primary remember there are other things on the ballot. Transportation and accessibility are good local bond issues to consider. Listen to what a candidate has to say and vote your conscience. Voting your conscience means you gave your choice some thought and you respect your decision. If you choose the nominee based on his or her statements and action you are basing your decision on temperament. I was fresh out of high school the first time I voted in 1990. I have not voted in every election since then but the important thing is that I am satisfied that I voted my conscience when I voted.
If you choose to vote a party ticket, or choose another way to make your decisions, certain ways you identify may influence you. We all have many identities. One of my identities is that I am a person with a disability. This influences the way I vote on transportation bonds and what I want to hear from candidates. I have many identities a few of them influence how I vote. It is good to look at your whole self. You can use any of your identities to decide how to vote. At one point this was called identity politics.
While it is no one’s place to tell you how to vote you will hear a lot of stories and opinions. Take them for what they are and make up your mind. You can choose to vote at your polling place or vote absentee. Either way you can shape your local town and the country. In previous blogs I wrote about competitive work, the ADA, transportation, disability culture, and pride. All of these are good to think about when consider your disability identity. These will help with the promises of candidates and other issues like how your taxes are being spent. Besides disability and party politics you may vote for an issue that is important to your neighborhood or family. There isn’t really any limit on the way to look at issues. The League of Women Voters put out information on local ballots I encourage you to look up yours to help you make great vote of conscience.
To register to vote, at the sectary of state you must be all of the following
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old by Election Day
- A resident of Michigan
- A resident of the city or township where you are applying to register to vote. , I urge you to vote. Election, March 8th, 2016. If you decide to vote absentee you would have to get your ballot to the clerk’s office by 4:00 on March 7th.
- http://www.michigan.gov/documents/AbsentVoterBallot_105377_7.pdf#search="MI ballot"
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