25 February 2016

I voted today

The Arizona Republican primary is still four weeks out.  But as one on the permanent mail in ballot list, my ballot arrived today*:
The Arizona primary date is March 22.  Today we are about 4 weeks out and there are 14 names on the list.  IMHO only three candidates are still viable, possibly only one by the time this ballot is counted.  I'm not a big fan of how certain states get to choose our runners and the other states opinions really don't matter.  There's got to be a better way.... but I don't know what that is...

Cruz got my vote.  Always liked him.  Trump is the only reason illegal immigration is on the table and I respect him for that.  But he's seriously wrong on other issues like imminent domain.  "Gang of Eight" Rubio is a non-starter.  I held my nose for Romney in 2012... they'll have to invent a weapons grade clothes-pin to hold off the stench long enough to pull a Marco lever.  See also Romney 2012 where some 4M voters stayed home.

Carson and Kasich at single digits are irrelevant..  Never been a Kasich fan but I have great respect and could vote for Carson.  but neither are viable as of today....  See.. this is what I mean about a few early states seriously affect our selections.

YMMV but that's my call.

I wonder if my vote will count on the day it's counted and that is the argument against early voting.  I don't see it that way.  I see my primary vote as supporting the guy that best aligns with my viewpoints, regardless of reported polls.

* ballot image is intentionally de-res-ed and distorted to deter ... voting shenanigans (why should I unintentionally abet someone else's ballot stuffing?)...but the candidates portion is (mostly) unchanged.  (maybe)


NotClauswitz said...

It often seems like voting here in CA is simply a last-act of defiance.

Ed said...

A few days ago I received my sample "Official Preference Primary Ballot Democratic Party" for Florida. Early voting begins tomorrow at my local library, but otherwise the last chance for voting is March 15. There are only three choices, in alphabetical order - Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders. All three are totally unacceptable to me. I contemplate submitting an empty ballot as there is no "None of the Above" selection.

I regret that Jim Webb withdrew from running. While I do not agree with everything that he supported, I could support his candidacy and vote for him.