With the election only eight days away, I thought I would give an overview of my voting recommendations.
Sen. Connie Johnson explains the hidden agenda behind Oklahoma State Question 776. Please vote no, and share this… https://t.co/jAjsHilyH3
— Serena Blaiz (@peacearena) October 27, 2016
As I wrote earlier on the state questions: Vote NO on SQ 776 “Death Penalty Enshrinement,” SQ 777 “Right to Farm” and SQ 790 “Repealing Separation of Church and State.” Vote YES on SQ 779 “One Cent for Teacher Raises and Education,” SQs 780 and 781 “Criminal Justice Reform” and SQ 792 “Modern Liquor Laws.”
Click here to read my post that provides more depth and information on the questions. Some people on the left have made arguments against SQs 779, 781 and 792, which I discuss in my earlier post and good people can agree to disagree, but the positives of what each question would accomplish, if passed, outweigh these concerns. SQs 776, 777 and 790 are simply right-wing ideological mush. There’s no question they should be rejected.
Even The Oklahoman editorial board has come out against SQs 776 and 777. There is a broad, bipartisan consensus these two measures don’t solve anything or do anything positive yet could have unintended consequences now or even years later.
— OK Food, Farm & Fam (@okfoodfarmfam) October 27, 2016
It’s a no brainer that progressives here should vote for Democrat Mike Workman for U.S. Senator against James Lankford, a religious ideologue who is a Republican obstructionist whose only attribute so far as a serving senator is that he doesn’t embarrass the state as much as U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe. The chances aren’t great that Workman will win the race, of course, but Democrats need to field candidates and try to grow their voter base. Don’t hesitate to vote for Workman.
In general, I would recommend voting for any candidate for the Oklahoma Legislature (1) who is or has been a (1) full-time educator or (2) has made increased funding for education THE top issue in their campaign. These candidates will probably lean Democratic in terms of party affiliation, but there might be some exceptions in some parts of the state. Don’t vote for a candidate promising more tax cuts for the wealthy and increased funding for education. That’s a right-wing scam artist trying to have it both ways. If a candidate says they’re a part of a “teacher caucus,” check it out.
Along those lines, and if you live in Edmond’s State Senate District 41, I strongly urge you to vote for teacher Kevin McDonald. Edmond voters have an opportunity to send a strong message to our state leaders that education matters to them. I will have more on this race later this week.
In general, I would recommend retention of the judges on the ballot. However, I suggest voters go through their sample ballot, which you can find here, and then do research on each judge. Search their names on the internet. If you note a judge pandering to the right-wing extremists here, then vote not to retain. Our judicial system here, just like our legislative branch of government, needs balance.
You can vote early this week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and avoid lines. Here’s the information.
Most people here will vote on election day. I recommend voters do some basic homework beforehand so they don’t get stymied as they mark their ballots. Here’s the link to the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool where you can find all the information you need to know about your ballot. It’s extremely user friendly.
I have already voted for Hillary Clinton for president on my absentee ballot, and I urge you to do so as well even if it seems futile in right-wing Oklahoma, a state Trump will probably win easily. The more votes Clinton receives, the more of a mandate she will have if elected.
Voter turnout remains an issue in many states, including Oklahoma, though voters did vote in record numbers in the presidential primary here. If you don’t vote or don’t get involved politically at some level, you really have no right to complain when government policy or the right-wing extremists make your life miserable.
The right-wing cabal here wants progressives to be discouraged and not vote. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking your vote doesn’t matter. It does matter. Vote in this election early or on Tuesday, Nov. 8.