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08 November 2005 @ 08:23 am
Okay, i've read most of the "Official Voter Information Guide," (i just kinda skimmed over most of the in depth analysis of the actual text of the proposed changes) and i've got just one really important question left right now.

Aren't there supposed to be some _people_ to vote on as well, not just things? Is that not the case since it's a "special" election, or were the people covered in some other guide that i either misplaced or never recieved? I'm going to feel really dumb if i get down to the polling place and have to not vote on a lot of stuff cause i don't know anything about it =/

The only other thing i'm not fairly sure of is which to vote for on 79 vs 78. I'm leaning towards 79 just out of a general distruct of large corporations, but that's not really the soundest of deciding factors to go with. Unfortunatly the two bills seem fairly similar except one group has the corporations screaming "this one will work! the other one will never work! it sucks!" and the other has a bunch of non corporations screaming "this one will work! the other one will never work! it sucks!"

Anyways, off i go to vote and work and stuff.
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Geoff: Animal (rant)thegreatgonz on November 8th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
Absent special circumstances, there's nobody to vote on this time because nobody's term runs out this year. Congressional elections happen in even-numbered years, and most other offices are scheduled to coincide with those elections.

The two basic distinctions between 78 and 79 is that more people will qualify for 79's program, and corporate participation in 79's program is mandatory, on pain of possibly not being able to sell drugs to the state's medicare program (participation in 78 is voluntary). The other point to consider is that the drug industry is apparently planning to challenge 79 in court if it passes, so it probably won't go into effect for a long time, if at all, whereas they won't challenge 78 since it's their plan, so it will go into effect more or less immediately.

Personally I'm planning to abstain from both, since I oppose making this kind of policy via the initiative process, but that's me.
Pavajmpava on November 8th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
Well, 78 is the gubernator's version, and 79 is the opposing version. So, take that what you will.
Geoff: Animal (rant)thegreatgonz on November 8th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
Is that so? I was under the impression that neither initiative had anything to do with him.