Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Results are not in...

The State Supreme Court race is not decided yet.  From the numbers I'm seeing, it is anybody's guess.  Some news stations are reporting Prosser is ahead and others Kloppenberg.  I think it is going to be a close one.  Ten minutes ago I looked at one site which showed 61% of the votes tallied with Prosser ahead by over 10,000 but I just hit refresh on the site and Kloppenberg is ahead with 66% of the vote in and about a 1,000 lead.  I literally just went back and they've flip flopped again with 68% of the votes counted with less than 1,000 votes difference. 

I checked the government site and couldn't find any results but I think they won't post until there is a final.  I've checked several sites and they are reporting different numbers so I guess it is a wait and see moment.

I just hit refresh on the one page and the results flipped over again.  I'm also reading that there were a record number of people turning out for this election.  Here's the thing - the people being elected are going to have a HUGE influence over our lives.  Why aren't we all going out and voting?  I think I heard 30% was high for an April election and we were supposed to hit that.  I don't get this - these people are going to run our lives and have lasting affects on our lives.  Why isn't every individual adult who is able and allowed getting their butts to the polls?  I say - you don't vote, you don't get to bitch.

Just as important as voting is being an informed voter.  You have to educate yourself about the people you are voting for.  I look at all sorts of sources.  I don't listen to the ads.  You cannot trust them.  I do look at a variety of news sources (including the ones I don't like) and I dig into as many sources as possible.  Oh and I have my middle daughter who is a news hound and can find out anything.  She helps me a LOT. 

I know it is work but you have to vote and you have to be informed.  Otherwise you are leaving the future of our state and country up to the 30% of people (or whatever the percent might be) who do go vote.

Hit refresh again and Kloppenberg is still on top - I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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