What does this mean? Where did this come from? Clear choice between what choices?
TEA rented a booth last week at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio. Considering all the talk of socialist policies by the candidates at the Democratic Party debates and in the mainstream media, it seemed appropriate to define what socialism is. Then, by extension, we thought socialism would be better understood by contrasting it with values on the other end of the spectrum, conservatism. Thus was born the idea in our fair booth planning committee to display a sample list of socialist values and sample list of conservative values.
Here are the signs that were displayed.
Cards were handed out to folks who visited the TEA fair booth. They had these lists plus more. Below is the message that appeared on the front of the card.
Below is the card front and back.
TEA sent many-a fairgoer on their way with card in hand and questions to ponder. “What do I value?”, “What are the candidates saying they value? Which candidates (city, county, district, state, national) values most closely match mine?” Consider this with each race on the ballot each time elections are held, in the Spring and in the Fall.
For your information, the General Election coming up this Fall is on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Visit here to see the candidate and issue lists that will appear on your ballot. You can view your personal ballot.
Did you know that your vote means more in the primary? It is MUCH more powerful in the primaries. This is for a couple of reasons. One is because only a small percentage of registered voters show up for the primary elections compared to the general elections. Another reason is due to the gerrymandering of districts. The state and congressional districts are typically drawn to favor one political party over another therefore whoever is the candidate on the favored political party slate wins the majority of the time in the general election.
To make your voting experience the best it can be, we have put together some information for you. We believe that it is a challenge to be an informed voter. It is practically a full-time job to meet and talk to all the candidates and to learn the issues in depth. Hear we go with the basics to start with.
Where do I vote? CLICK HERE to find your personal Polling Location.
How do I vote?
Pick your political party – This primary election your political party choices are Democrat, Green, Republican or No party (aka independent or unaffiliated, ‘issues only’). The poll workers will ask you which party’s ballot you would like when you check in at your polling location.
View your Sample Ballot before you go to your polling location. You can CLICK HERE to obtain personal sample ballot. You can actually view the ballots for each of the 4 party choices.
Issues and candidates – More detailed information follows starting with the issues.
TEA held Candidates and Issues Forums (OPEN to the PUBLIC) in March and April of 2018 in Amherst, Ohio (Lorain County).
What are the issues on my ballot in Lorain County?
WATCH Mary Taylor, candidate for Ohio Governor, speak. Click on photo below to WATCH video PART I.
WATCH Mary Taylor, candidate for Ohio Governor, speak. Click on photo below to WATCH video PART 2.
WATCH Sandra O’Brien, candidate for Ohio Treasurer. Click on photo.
WATCH Keith Colton, candidate for Congress Ohio 9th District. Click on photo. Keith wins the prize for biggest prop brought to the stage.
WATCH Steve Kraus, candidate for Congress Ohio 9th District. Click on photo.
CANDIDATES – County & District
WATCH John Ciarrone, candidate for Lorain County Commissioner. Click on photo.
WATCH Nathan Manning, candidate for Ohio Senate District 13. Click on photo.
WATCH Ryan Sawyer, candidate for Ohio Senate District 13. Click on photo.
WATCH Dick Stein, candidate for Ohio House District 57. Click on photo.
WATCH Rob Weber, candidate for Ohio House District 56. Click on photo.
WATCH Kirsten Penton Hill, candidate for State Central Committee District 13. Click on photo.
WATCH Patty Stein, candidate for State Central Committee District 13. Click on photo.
Trying to be a fully-informed voter is a big job. It can be exhausting. We hope that we have helped you out just a little bit. That is our aim here at Totally Engaged Americans®. Our organization is run by all volunteers. There is no paid staff preparing the TEA Forums, contacting candidates and issue speakers, videorecording the forum speakers or updating the TEA website with all this information.
Many thanks to the emcee at the 2018 Spring candidate forums, Mr. Michael Moats. He did a superb job introducing the issues and the candidates and directing traffic to and from the podium. Hats off to Mike!
Okay, now to wrap it all up.
MARK your calendar to GO VOTE on May 8, 2018 between 6:30 am and 7:30 pm.
Issue 1 Creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing congressional districts Proposed Constitutional Amendment Proposed by Joint Resolution of the General Assembly
To amend the version of Section 1 of Article XI that is scheduled to take effect January 1, 2021, and to enact Sections 1, 2, and 3 of Article XIX of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to establish a process for congressional redistricting.
A majority yes vote is necessary for the amendment to pass.
The proposed amendment would:
End the partisan process for drawing congressional districts, and replace it with a process with the goals of promoting bipartisanship, keeping local communities together, and having district boundaries that are more compact.
Ensure a transparent process by requiring public hearings and allowing public submission of proposed plans.
Require the General Assembly or the Ohio Redistricting Commission to adopt new congressional districts by a bipartisan vote for the plan to be effective for the full 10-year period.
Require that if a plan is adopted by the General Assembly without significant bipartisan support, it cannot be effective for the entire 10-year period and must comply with explicit anti- gerrymandering requirements.
If passed, the amendment will become effective immediately.