Gloria Ferris

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The Ballots Are Coming! The Ballots Are Coming!

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Today was the day that the Cuyahoga Board of Elections started to mail ballots to those who have applied by mail.  In September’s primary 29,000 voters voted by mail while 4000+ trudged to the polls.  All of that early voting, essentially, changed the way that voters find out about issues and candidates.  Forget candidates night the week before the November 3rd election-more than 3/4 of the voters will already have mailed in their votes. 

How will voters find information concerning issues on the ballot.  Right now, the casino ads on television pro and con are more style than substance.  Don’t expect the Plain Dealer to offer any investigative reporting or even any balanced reporting of both sides of the issue so that a voter could make a decision on fact rather than bias.  And then, there is the County Reform issues.  There is no doubt which plan the Plain Dealer endorses, but then is that the role of the daily newspaper? Maybe again the role should be balanced reporting to allow the voter the right to make an informed decision rather than one fanned by a corruption scandal that said newspaper MUST have had an inkling was happening years before or were they truly so clueless.

How will candidates reach the voters now? Party endorsements essentially close the door to any other candidates speaking to local ward clubs. At least, this has been the Democratic Part way under the leadership of Dimora and Russo.  Alas, I don’t see it changing much with a change in the guard. Newspapers choose endorsed candidates, and then, essentially close campaign reporting.

So how are voters to be well-informed before voting? I have decided to take part in this democratic process by writing what I see, hear, and know. I intend to offer what I know to voters so that they can decide for themselves who and how to vote on election day.  I will begin tomorrow since many of you will be voting early.  I would suggest keeping the ballot handy, read it over, and then, look for information about ALL the candidates and issues . 

I am walking into territory where I have never been. I have always kept my political votes to myself, but I am tired of remaining silent when all I see are new players with the same old machinations getting endorsements and having the inside track.  The internet should make this a new day in the republic, and we should each do our part to make it so.   

Written by Gloria Ferris

September 29th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Posted in Cleveland,politics

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  1. […] Gloria has been having trouble finding info about the issues and candidates on November’s ballots as well. She’s also taking matters into her own hands: I have decided to take part in this democratic process by writing what I see, hear, and know. I intend to offer what I know to voters so that they can decide for themselves who and how to vote on election day. I will begin tomorrow since many of you will be voting early. I would suggest keeping the ballot handy, read it over, and then, look for information about ALL the candidates and issues . […]

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