Tuesday, May 01, 2012


Democracy is not a spectator sport.  Lotte Scharfman, former president, Massachusetts League of Women Voters.

For all my California friends, you only have twenty days (until May 21) to register for the primary election on June 5.  This year there has been a very important change to the rules: the top two vote-getters move on to the general election regardless of party preference or whether one of the candidates got a majority of the votes cast.  

It's not only the presidential primaries that matter, you know, nor the House and Senate races, as important as they are.  The people who sit in the State Legislature, county commissions, city councils, and school boards have as significant an impact (if not more) on your day-to-day life.  Your representative does not decide teachers' salaries or whether you can get the variance you need to build your house if it exceeds the prescribed maximum footprint area.  That judge you voted for  may sit on your neighbor down the street's drunk driving case.

So participate. Be part of this country. Don't stand on the sidelines and watch.

Register and VOTE.

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