It’s easy to feel cynical about voting in general, let alone the effort to figure out what candidates or ballot initiatives to support. But if this is our number one way to make a difference, then shouldn’t we talk about it more? How do you decide who to vote for and do you talk about it? That’s the focus of today’s episode. And we’re going to start it off by taking a cue from pop star Taylor Swift. And end with who I’m voting for in the November 2018 midterm elections.
[1:40] On October 7, 2018, Taylor Swift made a departure from staying away from politics to diving in head-first.
She says “Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”
[3:30] So, how do you research the candidates and issues?
First, don’t think you need to or even can figure it all out by yourself. Rely on organizations that you trust who are doing the research for you.
Search for “voters guide” + the issues you care about.
Using some guides that are national and some are just for Colorado…
[5:05] League of Conservation Voters
Democrats are all scoring 86% or higher
Republicans are scoring 6% of lower
[5:45] How do they calculate the scores?
All the senate and house votes are listed.
You can dig in to the details, but you don’t have to. They’ve already done the work for you.
[7:00]Vote Climate U.S. PAC
[8:00 ]Conservation Colorado
2018 Conservation Voter Guide
League of Women Voters
Positions on Colorado Ballot Issues
American Civil Liberties Union
ACLU Colorado Attorney General Candidate Questionnaire
[10:00] How I’m Voting
Jared Polis – Colorado Governor
Phil Weiser – Colorado Attorney General
Diana DeGette – District 1 Representative
Amendment Y and Z – Yes
Amendment 74 – No
Proposition 109 – No
Proposition 110 – Yes
Proposition 112 – Yes
[11:35]How do you figure out who you vote for?
Will you be sharing your decision publicly?
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