The Impact of Early Voting On Campaigning in the San Bernardino City Elections
October 19, 2011 Leave a comment
I received my vote by mail ballot Monday and I voted on Tuesday by turning in the ballot to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters. I am certain that many other voters did the same thing. What that means is that if you, the candidate did not reach me by yesterday, then you potentially missed out on my vote. Vote by mail (which is a misnomer, because I always deliver my ballot in person) is a convenient way to vote, and it allows you to get an “I Voted” sticker.
I was able to obtain my ballot and vote before any of the negative campaign mailers and before any of the slate mailers. Neither were going to impact my voting, because my choices became clear after writing about the candidates for a month, attending forums, reading their literature, reading the ballot statements (which caused me to rethink my support of one candidate), reviewing campaign filings, and in some cases, personally interacting with the candidates. The only thing I learned from campaign signs is who likes to post in the public right-of-way, and who likes
I would like to thank the candidates for running. Though they are not all quality candidates, thirteen candidates for four spaces on the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board shows that democracy is alive in San Bernardino. I am just sorry that there were no candidates in the Sixth Ward and for City Treasurer, because single candidate elections smacks of totalitarianism. Hopefully, there will be significant undervotes and write-ins to protest the lack of competitive races for those two positions. There is no need for term limits if there is an active electorate.
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