Monday, November 08, 2004

I've been disenfranchised!

I, like many of you, went out a week ago and voted. I believe strongly in exercising this right of mine. I also believe strongly that if you don't know what you are doing when you step into the voting booth, you have no business being there.

When I stepped into my voting booth last Tuesday (3 year old in tow, wanting desperately to know how you vote, and can she vote, blabber blabber blabber....) there were 2 of 4 amendments on my ballot that I didn't feel I knew enough about to vote either way on. I skipped over these 2.

Now I find out that here in Wyoming, a skipped vote is a "no" vote. In other words, by choosing not to vote either way for those amendents, I was actually voting no on them.

I'm just outraged about this! No where on the ballot was I warned of this. My brother said he did notice something mentioned of this on the sample ballot mailed out 2 weeks prior to the election, but it was not on the actual ballot. I think this is dirty! Seriously, why even bother having a option for voting no? Just have a yes column!

Is this common practice, does anyone know? Am I wrong to feel this is just plain wrong?
Name: Christine
Location: Wyoming, United States
I'm the Mom of two. They drive me crazy. I love them dearly. I want one more. I'm not insane, yet. My hubby says I'm a snob with an inferiority complex. There is more to me than being a mother. I just don't remember any of it.

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