Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The November 4th Ballot

You'll be voting for more than the next president on the ballot in two weeks.

There are several amendments on the ballot which will require you to do some homework to make an intelligent decision.




Here are some websites that explain the ballots in plain english:

The Bureau of Government Research"
The Bureau of Governmental Research is a private, nonprofit, independent research organization dedicated to informed public policy making and the effective use
of public resources for the improvement of government in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

They have created a comprehensive report that details - in everyday English - each of the four constitutional amendments on the ballot. This is the place to go to make a wise decision on the amendments.

SOS LOUISIANA DOT GOV
The Louisiana Secretary of State

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
This Saturday's Election

Curious about all the stuff the ballot this Saturday? Here are some resources.

BGR.ORG
The Bureau of Governmental Research
is a private, nonprofit, independent research organization dedicated to informed public policy making and the effective use of public resources for the improvement of government in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

They have created a comprehensive report that details - in everyday English - each of the constitutional amendments on the ballot. This is the place to go to make a wise decision on the amendments.

SOS.LOUISIANA DOT GOV
The Louisiana Secretary of State

Here you can find sample ballots by Parish

Vote Smart dot org.
By typing in your zip code on the left hand of the page, you will
be presented with all the information you need in making decisions in
this election. It doesn't include the amendments, but is chock full of
information about the candidates and incumbents.

CABL dot org
The Council for a Better Louisiana

In depth information of both the candidates and the amendments.

LA-PAR dot org
Louisiana Public Affairs Research Council

For a pdf guide to the constitutional amendments click here

Vote LA dot org
By putting in your address at this website
you will be given a sample ballot
to familiarize yourself with the candidates and amendments. This site doesn't explain the amendments, though.


Proposed Amendments

1. Term Limits for Members of State Boards & Commissions
2. Time Limits for Calling Special Sessions
3. Temporary Successors for Legislators Ordered to Active Military Duty
4. State Severance Taxes to Parishes
5. Transfer of Special Property Tax Assessment Level
6. Re-Sale of Certain Expropriated Property
7. Investment of Non-Pension Benefit Trusts

So there you go. Vote informed.

addendum: I went and voted on the first day of "early voting" and it took an hour from when I arrived at the polling place. Lots of people interested in this election.

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