Primary season is nearly over. The light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, and soon we will all breathe the free air, feel the sunlight on our faces, and stretch our weary limbs, before we dive into the long, dark tunnel of campaigning before November.
Of course, that holds only if you’re not registered in Montana or South Dakota.
The last primary elections of the season take place today in these two states. If you live in either one of them, and you haven’t voted yet, what are you waiting for? I just got back myself, and everyone at the polling station was at least thirty years my elder. That ain’t right. Get out there and exercise your civic muscles!
I do have to confess a minor electoral sin, however. I had focused so much of my attention on the presidential race that I had neglected to inform myself on local issues. I stood in the ballot box, confidently filling in little ovals, until I was faced with something I did not foresee: four candidates for Montana Superintedent of Public Instruction. I gasped. I did not recognize a single name. What to do?
I’m ashamed to admit that I voted for the first name in the list. I checked her website once I returned home, and thankfully she wasn’t in favor of tattooing kids with barcodes or teaching creationism or anything. The point, however, is that you never know, so please inform yourself of the issues before voting. Don’t make the mistake I made!