April 2024


Hello Indiana’s 9th Congressional District! Who do I vote for?!

Despite my earlier ambivalence about voting in the 2012 elections, I am gung-ho and ready to participate in that thing which is American Democracy!

First up, of course, is the primary – and, this time around, there’s no question as to who will be the Democratic candidate for president. Consequently, I kind of set the […]

Confession Time: I’m losing interest in voting in American elections.

I know it’s 14 months out, and I do want Obama to be reelected, but… given that I vote in Indiana and I can only vote for federal offices, what’s the point?

Meine Stimme geht an …

Attracting Youthful Voters.

Next Sunday, Weimar citizens will be facing their third election of the year—it started with the local elections just after Obama’s visit in June; followed by state (Länder) elections in August, and now the Federal (Bundes) elections in September.

I have no vote in any of the elections; no vote for […]

Amendment 2, Redux

So whilst there was lots to celebrate this week—like the election of Obama, the removal from office of Liz Dole, Marlyn Musgrave, and, with any luck, Norm Coleman—there were also some disappointments, like the election of Convicted Felon Ted Stevens and failure of San Francisco’s Proposition R.

And then there was California Proposition 8.

Which […]

No Heart Attacks Now…

Finish lines are dangerous.

Take this year’s New York City Marathon where two died shortly after crossing the finish line—admittedly that was out of 37,899 participants, but it is still sad and scary.

So you can understand how nervous I felt as the presidential race approached the finish line early Wednesday morning (ok, late Tuesday […]

SF: Vote Yes on R; All CA: No on 8

I realize this plea doesn’t apply to most of my readers, but if you happen to live in San Francisco, I want to urge you to vote yes on Proposition R. For those of you who don’t know, or remember, this is the effort put forth by the forward thinking Presidential Memorial Commission of San […]

Just One Week

I’m a little bit exhausted—this election cycle has lasted way too long.

Now I am starting to allow myself to feel hopeful—it’s really possible that the election will go the way it needs to go.

Time goes by, so slowly.

Monroe County, Indiana, Absentee Election Email

Dear Ms McCarty,

Attached please find a scan of my affidavit acknowledging a voluntary waiver of secret ballot.

For the office of President and Vice President, I vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

For the office of United States Representative, District 9, I vote for Baron P. Hill.

I would appreciate acknowledgment that this […]

Penalized for Good Behavior

When it comes to elections, I like to plan ahead.

Perhaps too far ahead: in July I stopped by the Monroe County Election Office to drop off my application for an absentee ballot.

All was fine with the paperwork I’d previously filled out, and I mentioned that the worst part about voting was that mailing […]


I suppose that most of you probably are not following the latest news from Armenia, but I have been.

After the recent election, which many claim to have been rigged, protests in the streets have turned violent—and when I saw a report that 8 people had died as a result, I was worried.

I am […]