Turnout is, to put it bluntly, un-Americanly too low during the off off-year elections. An off-year election is defined when it happens during an odd-numbered year (i.e. this year). I would actually love it if elections for state-, county-, local- and special district- levels happened during the off-year because as it stands right now, all the media is sucked into the presidential race when it is actually the lower levels that have more of an impact on our lives. Unfortunately, this means that the public is even less interested and thus turnout decreases, sometimes precipitously, from the previous general presidential election. In my current state of residence of Indiana, all levels of government from townships to the federal level are being elected which squeezes out media coverage of the down-ballot races which I think does a disservice to all those positions and voters. Anyways, the following are some highlights of select races being decided during this week’s off-year general election:
There are many pro and con reasons for instituting term limits for politicians. It seems to work well on the executive side with most governorships having some sort of term limits. I’m still up in the air whether just the 2-term limit is too short, but Virginia’s 1-term is definitely too short; the governor, even if they’re so good, does not have a chance continue that work. A president for two terms seems to have worked out well. (The two-term presidency was informally instituted by George Washington by tradition and formalized after FDR’s 4 terms in office.) Continue reading
Very surprised at his stance. It would seem like a negative politically, but since he is in the last year of his only term as governor, kudos to him. The State of the State address was very informative as to why he is taking that action and comparing Virginia to the rest of the nation. Hopefully he can also tackle the underlying reason why they’re in jail also, but definitely a step in the right direction.