Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Voter guide 2010!

First, find your polling place:

http://guide.seventy.org/

Mine is the Lea School at 47th and Locust. If you live in the apartment downstairs from me, yours is too! And if you move so much you don't know where you're registered, use canivote.org to figure it out (thanks to Desh for that link).

There are four ballot questions. I'll be voting "yes" to ballot questions 1-4, 1 and 3 of which are to me obvious and important. (The other two are fine/I don't know much about them.) Descriptions and guide here:

http://www.philly.com/dailynews/opinion/20101101_DN_Editorial__How_to_vote_on_the_ballot_questions.html

As for candidates, I'm voting for Onorato for Governor, Sestak for Senate, Fattah for Representative, James Roebuck for the House, and begrudgingly Conklin for Lt Governor (begrudging because I know so little about why he'd be any better than Cawley, but Planned Parenthood says Conklin is slightly more pro-choice). The straight Democratic ticket. Because I'm such a straight Democrat. I'd like to point out here that our election system is inherently flawed, and that it's crucial for us to always work to make the world and our communities better, to use all the available tools; that means voting if we're at all able, as well as working the other 364 days a year to build community, lobby government, organize better structures to replace the ones that fail us, fixing what we can and replacing what we can't. Voting is for most of us a very easy way to participate in deciding en masse to, for example, prevent city discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation (ballot question #3). Just do it!

This voter guide from Rock the Vote has the quick-and-dirty on the races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and US Senate.

http://qs1195.pair.com/rockvote/2010-voter-guides/pa-voter-guide.pdf

Planned Parenthood's very basic voter guide is here:

http://pppavotes.org/vg.php?cd=02&sd=07&hd=188

This website compares a few candidates, is very pretty and fun to use, but only reinforced what I already knew: I like Chaka Fattah and Joe Sestak over Helberg and Toomey (though Fattah and Sestak are both pro-war); they're pro-choice, they're pro-healthcare (ahem but are they pro-single-payer?) and they're warm and fluffy about the environment and education.

http://www.votesmart.org/voteeasy/#/state=pa&district=2

National Nurses United published their endorsements, including Pennsylvania candidates Onorato, Sestak and Trivedi.

http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/

For more in-depth coverage and no easy answers to how to vote, you can visit the Committee of Seventy's website:

http://www.seventy.org/OurViews_Phillycom_project.aspx

And the joint project between the Committee of Seventy and philly.com:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/103372384.html

Here are also a few other sources of local news that may be useful to you. All nice Jewish boys. Dan U-A, as we called him in sixth grade, writes for youngphillypolitics.com (along with being a lawyer and a rower). My dear old friend from summer camp Danny Hirschhorn wrote, until recently, for pa2010.com but now is at politico.com (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/44535.html). And cousin Zach, a new transplant to Philly, is doing a magical news site for Mt Airy, my home turf. I'm pretty psyched about it. Region-specific election coverage can be found at http://mtairy.patch.com/articles/election-day-is-tomorrow-a-guide-to-what-you-need-to-know. I cite these gentlemen not because they represent my politics necessarily, but because they're knowledgeable and good reporters.

If you have other resources or insights please share. Thanks so much! And feel free to share this and remind your friends to vote.

Vote early and often!

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