Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur


As for myself: Burlington was as efficient as ever. It's actually one of the things I'm going to miss about this town -- they take great pride in elections as a part of civic life, and run them well. The whole town votes in the High School gym -- there are six tables in the front for the six wards, and each table has two people marking folks off in the books. Each table has fully 20 voting stations behind it, so you feel like you have time to read the whole bloody ballot instead of being rushed. The lines were all of 3 people deep.

The ballot questions made interesting reading. Question 3 (medical marajuana) was an easy Yes, even if it doesn't go far enough. (I still see no reason to treat pot differently from alcohol and tobacco -- it should be legal and highly regulated.) Question 1 (right to repair) keeps being a head-scratcher for me, but that's partly because I'm offended that a law is even necessary -- this *should* just be standard practice, and I'm appalled at the auto industry that it isn't.

Question 2 (right to die) was the interesting one. There have been a lot of claims in the past week that it is vague and poorly worded, and should be shot down on those grounds -- I found the truth to be quite the opposite. As described on the ballot, it's a pretty nuanced and well-thought-out law. There are probably flaws (no law is ever perfect), but it does seem to cover all of the usual objections I've heard to assisted suicide, and generally comes down on the favor of appropriate caution. It looks like a unusually *good* law, if anything, nicely balancing individual freedom of conscience with the need to avoid abuse. So that one also turned out to be a surprisingly easy Yes for me, and I'm forced to conclude that the opposition is mostly trying to play a disinformation campaign.

So, points to Burlington: they still run the best election-day operation I've ever come across. Other towns really should check them out, and see what ideas they can pick up...
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