I have been voting in most elections since I was legally old enough. I admit that there have been a couple of times when I chose not to vote just because I had no true emotional feelings towards the issues at hand or people involved in the elections. I know that I was wrong for "disconnecting" like that. Only a minority of the people of the world are allowed to post their own votes for governmental issues. All of us should be registered voters and voting in EVERY election. Of course there is no charge to cast your vote so there is really no good excuse for not voting unless you are ill or involved in some other emergency in your life.
But last night, as soon as I discovered the two proposed amendments to the constitution on my ballot, I was a bit shaken by the wording. In a perfect world, I would have felt more at ease to study the questions at hand so that I could make a more informed voting decision.
This afternoon, I listened to one of my reader's advice on his/her comment and went to the Wichita County Courthouse to get more information. I was given the ballot sample. I brought it home and just finished posting both amendment proposals--word for word--right here.
While I was there, I conversed with court officials about these issues. I felt much more comfortable with what was being asked of us to vote on. I was also very happy to know that I had voted the "right" way--at least the right way for me. LOL!!!
I was also told that all voters are welcomed to come in to their County Clerk's Office to look over the ballot for upcoming elections. This gives you the opportunity to make a more conscientious vote. Plus, people have the chance to write down the names of the judges and justices whose offices may be vacated if the voters so demand. You can then go home and do your own research on their professional history. THEN you can decide if you think that that person deserves to be retained in their office or not.
For instance, yesterday, people all over the state of Kansas were expected to decide if the following people should remain in their offices:
Supreme Court of Justice:
Carol A. Beier of Topeka, Postion Number 1
Dan Biles, Shawnee, Postion Number 2
Lawton R. Nuss, Salina, Postion Number 3
Marla J. Luckert, Topeka, Position Number 5
Court of Appeals for Judge:
Stephen D. Hill, Topeka, Postion Number 1
Patrick D. McAnany, Position Number 4
Nancy L. Caplinger, Topeka, Position Number 6
Henry W. Green, Jr., Leavenworth, Position Number 7
Court of Appeals for Judge:
Tom Malone, Wichita, Position Number 11
Michael B. Buser, Overland Park, Position Number 12
Melissa Taylor Standridge, Overland Park, Position Number 13
District Court for District Judge:
Robert J. Frederick, Lakin, 25th District, Division Number 1
Wendel W. Wurst, Garden City, 25th District, Division Number 4
Out of all 13 of these people, I had honestly only heard of one of them, Mr. Frederick. If I had never heard of these people, how could I possibly make an honorable decision as to whether or not he/she belonged in that office??? I think that we all need to be more actively involved and interested in the voting of these individuals.
Of course, these are only my opinions. Do with them whatever you will.