Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Voting this Saturday? Here are some resources

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

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 constitutional amendments on the ballot. This is the place to go to make a wise decision on the amendments.

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 top 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 (my favorite of these sites) 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. Funding TOPS and Sustaining Cigarette Tax Revenue
2. Reducing the Financial Liability of State Retirement Systems
3. Protecting the Patient’s Compensation Fund
4. Managing the Budget Stabilization “Rainy Day” Fund
5. Updating the Census Change in a New Orleans Tax Sales Law

So there you go. Vote informed.

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