Friday, August 13, 2010
If you don't vote, don't complain about your government
Hence my frustration with judicial elections here in Florida. Aside from having the candidate's basic biographical information, a photo of them with their family, information about their community involvement and charitable work, and a list of those who have endorsed them, there really is nothing to distinguish them from their opponents. That is, IF they even have an opponent.
In Seminole County, things look a bit more interesting. Three out of six Circuit positions are contested and three incumbents are running unopposed. There is only one County judge slot open and four candidates have set their sights upon it.
So how does a voter, who wants to make an informed decision, determine for whom they should vote when it comes to electing a non-partisan judge? Do we rely on the Sentinel's Voter Guide? Do we rely on a candidate's list of endorsements? On how "nice" they are when we meet them? On who has the most yard signs?
Finally, if you don't vote, don't complain about your government.