Tomorrow is Election Day! If you are like most people you either 1) already voted early or 2) aren’t planning to vote at all. Yes, that’s right, not even half of the people who are eligible bother to vote in midterm elections.
Not me, y’all. I’ll be voting tomorrow, and, remembering fondly my own childhood, I’ll be bringing Lorelei along so that she can push the buttons.
I always feel a little excited on Election Day. Midterm elections aren’t as exciting as Presidential elections, of course, but here in Tennessee we have some pretty important matters on the ballot.
Amendment One has certainly gotten the most press. I’ll leave it to you to Google the exact wording if you are interested, but a yes vote on this amendment will give the legislature authority to enact laws restricting abortions and regulating clinics that perform them. It’s been met by predictable hysteria from the pro-choice folks, many of whom have probably fallen for deceptive advertising, but I promise you this amendment will NOT ban abortions; it doesn’t overturn Roe v. Wade; and not even the most pro-life legislator is going to attempt to ban abortions in the case of rape, incest, or to save the mother’s life. I will be voting YES for this amendment.
Amendment Two has gotten a lot less attention, as it’s about judges, a topic that doesn’t tend to inflame the electorate. I’m voting NO on this one, going on the recommendation of my husband, who is an attorney and knows more about this than I do. (For the record, John and I frequently come down on opposite sides of political questions, but if I haven’t had time to do my own research I will just ask him to tell me who I would want to vote for–not who HE is voting for, mind you, but who he thinks I would want to vote for based on my beliefs–and he tells me.)
Amendment Three wants to make it part of the constitution that there never be an income tax in Tennessee. I find that silly. I don’t particularly want to pay more taxes, but I’d be delighted to swap the sales tax on food for an income tax–I think we’d come out ahead. Anyway, there’s no need to amend the constitution over it, so I vote NO.
Amendment Four has to do with lotteries. I was and remain against the lottery, but we have it now and I doubt it’s ever going away. This one is about whether to allow veteran’s groups to raise money in this way as other non-profits already can do. That’s another YES.
We also get to vote on selling wine in the grocery store. Who’s going to say no to that?
See below for more information and get out tomorrow and vote your beliefs–and if you stay home, don’t complain after the fact!
November 3, 2014