Tag Archives: Voting

Los Angeles Municipal Election (May 2013)

21 May
Seal of Los Angeles, California. On March 27, ...

Seal of Los Angeles, California. On March 27, 1905 Ordinance 10,834 authorized and described the City Seal still being used today http://cityclerk.lacity.org/cps/pdf/cityseals.pdf. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As someone who loves politics, especially on the local level, I feel that I’m going to be disappointed with the turnout of the election being held today, May 21, 2013.  I was a resident of the city for 3 years, and I voted while I resided there, whether it was for the presidential or municipal level.  I knew that voters in my age group (18-21) were horribly underrepresented on the city level (and it turns out that although there was the highest turnout from UCLA for the presidential election in 2008, turnout from those living on “The Hill” was less than 1%).  I was extremely embarrassed to be part of a school that exemplified the highest virtues of academics, professionalism, and activism, but not in regards to our civic duties of voting. Continue reading

The Status of Voting

13 Jan

Voting is the one time that you at least seem to be equal with anyone else.  Of course there is voter registration (except for ND), residency, age, voter ID laws, possibility of absentee balloting, and ability to get to a poll during the specified time and at the correct place which serve as obstacles for a potential voter to cast their ballot.  The people are already disenfranchised before they vote with a variety of factors such as a lack of transparency in political contributions, gerrymandering once a decade, and electoral systems which (for better or for worse) produce a primary-driven instead of a general consensus candidate leading to a two-party system (which has both pros and cons). Continue reading

Problem with Voter ID Laws

25 Jul

I love to vote.  I enjoy making my mark on democracy, because I am so privileged to be living in our country in which our vote means something (maybe not to the impact that we would like, but better than nothing).  So I’m especially irked about Voter ID laws that purport to prevent voter fraud.  Fine, I haven’t done much scientific research about it, but just using my personal knowledge, Puh-lease.  If people wanted to affect policy, there are easier ways about doing it than trying to change a single vote in a precinct (that will have no effect unless you know before hand the vote tally) and being subject to a severe fine/imprisonment.  I mean, seriously, there are easier and better ways to get different politicians. Continue reading

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