By Keith Goble, state legislative editor
As we close in on Election Day 2012, it is near impossible to avoid political messages to sway us in one direction. Candidates and causes are pursuing all avenues to influence your vote.
It is no wonder that the election season can at times appear overwhelming to voters. The prospect of casting a ballot for officials at all levels of government, and deciding on various ballot issues that affect voters’ daily lives, might also seem like a lot of work.
Add in the number of groups, officials, friends, family and more that want to be your source for information about who and what is on your ballot. The onslaught is enough to make someone question whether it is worth the trouble to have their voice heard on Election Day.
Exercising the due diligence to research the issues and the people vying for your vote is the best way to protect yourself from casting a ballot that you could regret because you simply relied on sources that didn’t provide the whole picture.
The best way to help ensure that you are satisfied with your voting decisions over time is to do a little research – or find a trusted source to do most of the legwork for you. From there you can make more informed decisions while filling out your ballot.
In the following pages you will find information not only on how to go about voting, but on how to make sure you have the tools to confidently make your own decision at the ballot box instead of getting overwhelmed and possibly throwing away your vote.
It is worth the effort. Professional drivers have every incentive to use the information available to take advantage of opportunities to have a say in who’s representing them and what issues they support or reject.
Remember: It is your vote. Make it count. LL