Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Today Anchorage voted on a new Mayor, several seats on the school board and several propositions.

My choice for Mayor was relatively easy for me and I feel good about that.

I didn't vote on any of the candidates for school board because I didn't have a clue who any of them were. I had not researched it so did not feel qualified to make a vote one way or the other.

I made choices on the propositions, some for, some against. What bothers me most with the propositions is that every single one of them will increase my property taxes to some extent.

And the people who write them speak in double-speak with legal jargon. Sometimes they are almost impossible to understand if a Yes vote puts it into action or keeps it from happening. There was one time that my husband and I both discussed a certain bond issue prior to voting. I voted yes, thinking I was approving it, he voted no because a no vote put it into action. I was highly irritated to find out I had voted against it by voting Yes!

Most of them are worded something like this: "By voting Yes you agree with the option to not put this proposed legislation into action?" or "By voting No you disagree with the proposed amendment to reinstate the previous statement on record?" DUH!

OK. I made some of that up. I can't remember how they were worded, but that's how I remember feeling when I was reading them in the voting booth. Does Yes mean Yes or No?


Aunt Krissy said...

Poor Patty. That also mak s m ranky.

I'm hav ing a problms with som k ys on my k y bora

PAK ART said...

I was wondering what "ranky" was until the next sentence...

tainterturtles said...

I hear you on the jargon. Sometimes I have to read and re-read the ballot because of the way the language is written. I take my time while voting to read every word....I'm sure that's kind of nerdy, but that's me!

crochet lady said...

Voting can be such a confusing task. I voted for some local things on tues. and I think I messed up on the ballot and voted for two people in the same category. Oops.