Today is election day. In New Jersey this year, machine voting was outlawed by Governor Murphy. I do not like that. Mail-in voting was strongly encouraged with every registered voter receiving a mail-in ballot as well as other taxpayer-paid mail explaining how to do mail-in voting.
I am skeptical, not to mention I like going to the polls.
Most polling places were not open today. A condensed number were open to receive one’s mail-in ballot. So disappointing. Nevertheless, I voted.
Neither candidate of the two major parties are acceptable to me. Much like in 2016, I voted for the Libertarian candidate. This year it is Jo Jorgensen. She will not win. If she did, she wouldn’t be ready to run our country. Even so, I voted for her. Republicans and Democrats need to run better candidates. Until they do, I will not vote for them. There is virtually no difference between the two parties. Both run up the debt. I believe in many Libertarian policies, so I made my voice heard. It won’t matter.
Cory Booker is not a good senator. I am willing to give the Republican a try. He will not win. Booker will continue not being a good senator.
Neither candidate for U.S. Representative is acceptable to me. For 20 years I have railed against Jeff “I Sponsor Every Bill” Van Drew. That he switched parties doesn’t change that he has been wrong on the vast majority of issues over these last two decades. Amy Kennedy is a novice with the big Democrat machine behind her (not to mention the Kennedy legacy). Her policies are unacceptable. I voted for the Libertarian candidate. I know little of Jesse Ehrnstrom other than he will not win. Much like the presidential race, I hope enough people express displeasure with the offerings so next time around we have better candidates.
I voted for the Republican slate for freeholders. Democrats have done nothing positive for Cumberland County in the 27 years I have lived here. Other than one political cycle, Democrats have run the county. They have done so poorly. I don’t expect Republicans to do much good, but to shake things up I feel is in our best interest.
Question 1: Legalize Marijuana
I voted against this. While I am pretty close to the Libertarian Party, I am skeptical of providing government more responsibility. Government doesn’t do much well. I usually stipulate defense and roads, but there are plenty of arguments against even those. Anyhow, I need a plan that does not open up a new market as a source of
revenue taxes. Until then, I do not want government to do any more; I want it to do less.
I suspect this will pass.
Question 2: Property Tax Deduction for Peacetime Veterans
I am in the minority, I am sure, but I do not think specialized tax breaks for specific populations paid for by the rest of the population is good public policy.
There are certain perks for serving in the military. Those are known going in. We don’t need to create more perks after the fact.
Sure, I will be excoriated for this, but I believe that if property tax relief is good for peacetime veterans, it is good for everyone. Call me a radical.
Question 3: Redistricting
I am skeptical of any change to redistricting. Shoot, I am skeptical of the current plan. The last thing I want to do is change the rules without knowing all the fallout. How about we just wait for the damn census and move on with the other business government is supposed to do. This is a pure political move.
It would not surpise me if every vote I made today is on the losing side. I am comfortable with my votes. In addition to the above, I cast three write-in votes for the Millville School Board: Lynne Porreca Compari, Joy Sooy, and myself. No, I haven’t spoken to either of those two in a few years. I just tried to think of three people I thought would serve the city and the school district well. Three more votes that will not win.