Every election, I find myself seeking out voting recommendations from people who are smarter and better informed than I am — particularly on the judicial races and those long lists of amendments and other ballot measures. Here is a roundup of what has been shared with me.
See also: a summary of recommendations on the amendments.
If you have different opinions, you are always welcome to share them on this blog. Here are the ones received prior to election day.
My friend Phil Busey also has a good explanation of his recommendations for the state constitutional amendments (including why the “feel good” amendment on victims rights is not necessary). Read Recommend “Yes” Vote on amendments 4, 9, and 13.
I suspect one reason some people are discouraged from voting is they are bewildered by all the choices, and I can sympathize. If you’re really overwhelmed, you have my permission to vote for Andrew Gillum, Bill Nelson and anyone else who has a “D” next to their name and leave most of the rest blank.
Well, before I say that: Amendment 4, restoring voting rights for felons who have served their time, is also important because of the racist slant of who gets prosecuted and convicted for nonviolent offenses such as drug crimes.
The partisan dimension of this year’s election — the need to counter the rise of Trumpism — is more important than the finer points of policy in my book. On the other hand, if you are willing to do a little homework, there are knowledgeable people out there you can turn to for advice on the whole ballot.