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10 October 2014 @ 01:44 am
Getting ready for my first US elections  
I just got a sample of the ballot for Florida elections (November 4 2014).
The ballot looks like list of exam questions:
There are 23(!) multiple choice questions.

Who do I like to see as representatives and senators to Florida and US congresses?
Attorney General and CFO for Florida State?
Retain judge X for district court of appeal? (7 sits/questions).
Airport authority board members (2 sits).
Mosquito control commissioners (2 sits).

I spent few hours preparing for the test elections.

There are some good (smart) candidates.
There are some weak candidates.

I chose some republican candidates, couple of libertarians and one independent (Rebecca S. Sharp who's calling herself "old republican").

Democrats would not get my votes this election.

Got 3 "constitutional amendments" questions.
No - to increase in spending [on Water and Land Conservation].
Yes - to medical marijuana.
No - to giving Florida governor some extra power to assign judges in some obscure situations.
fatofffatoff on October 10th, 2014 06:03 am (UTC)
Maybe distantly related to your posting... Interesting, how does Affordable Health Care Act (Obamocare) affect your family now? That was such a painful political issue lately and now not so much... Talking about voting for some party.

Edited at 2014-10-10 06:04 am (UTC)
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on October 10th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
I know that monthly payments for our medical insurance keep getting up (faster than any other prices).
I do not know about positive effects of Affordable Health Care.
fatofffatoff on October 10th, 2014 10:42 pm (UTC)
Do you think or know that monthly premiums growing any faster than before?
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on October 10th, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC)
I do not know that.
Not enough historical data.
fatofffatoff on October 10th, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
For instance some of that type of data. :)
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on October 10th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'm missing the point of that article.
Spending on health insurance is growing.
Healthy people pay more so sick people can pay less.
Anything else that I missed?
fatofffatoff on October 11th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
That spending was growing as fast or faster even before the Health Care Act. So there is no correlation between the new law and the spending which I agree is not very controllable.

It is fair to say that that law is not even a solution for the cost. It is to cover uninsured ones. But there some provisions from uninhibited cost growth.

Edited at 2014-10-11 12:33 am (UTC)
Clean and soberanspa on October 10th, 2014 01:20 pm (UTC)
> Democrats would not get my votes this election.

What would be conditions for democrats to get your vote?
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on October 10th, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
There could be multiple scenarios of that to happen:
1) Republican Congress and no Libertarian presidential candidate.

2) Good Democratic candidate and poor Republican and Libertarian candidates.

In theory it is quite possible, but in practice seems to be not very likely.
Биологalleukemist on October 10th, 2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on October 10th, 2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
Биологalleukemist on October 11th, 2014 12:48 am (UTC)
Возможности участвовать в местных выборах.
Maxhobober on October 15th, 2014 09:53 am (UTC)
"Достаточно упомянуть, что для голосования в США не нужно предъявлять удостоверение личности — то есть, выборы в США практически не защищены от разного рода фальсификаций" (с) Фриц

Что, правда?!
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on October 15th, 2014 01:53 pm (UTC)
Я пока не в курсе. Ещё не ходил.
4 ноября расскажу.

Но вообще-то думаю зависит от штата.
Ну и манипуляции на выборах легко другими путями отслеживаются.
Биологalleukemist on October 15th, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
Да я-то откуда знаю? Я не голосую.