I want to introduce you to somethng I will start this election season and continue as long as I can keep it up. I have a standard to uphold, so I’m going to put my money where my mouth is and uphold it. As someone who professes that above all else in political discussions, honesty should take the lead, I will be open and honest with my readers and conduct a review of the issues, my feelings on the issues, and break down who best fits my personal interest. I will then cast my vote for those individuals.
In the interest of time, I’ll only be able to cover three major races: governor, U.S. senator, and congressman. If I get this done early, I’ll try to move down the tickets or start locally. I’ll only have the option of going by the issues the candidates themselves present as important. I’ll weight each issue and do some mathematical calculations to figure out which candidate scores more points, and declare the highest point total the winner.
The reason behind this experiment is that I find that too often people vote on one issue. This has been sort of confirmed in a recent reading. I thought as I read it that I should actually carefully research candidates’ positions and weigh them against my interests to see who is the better choice. Another thing I want to make sure of is that the issues are not framed by the candidates, but by the voters. I know that I’ll be using the issues as stated by the candidates, but I feel like the issues the candidates present don’t accurately represent what the public is looking for in a candidate. We follow what they say instead of demanding they talk about what we want. This method gives me the opportunity to call bogus issues bogus.
It should also be noted that I believe myself to be a Republican with some pretty liberal leanings, so I might be very surprised in my findings. In fact, I might cast votes for a Democrat in offices I never have done so in before. Not that it makes any difference.
Let’s hope this is at all interesting.
Update – different from the revision
Tough start. Dina Titus doesn’t have an “Issues” link. She does have a “Dina’s Record” link, but that’s both tough to slog through and impossible to permalink to. I sent a message asking for a better place to look, so we’ll see. I guess I’ll start with the next race instead.
Ryan Jerz is an all-around good guy who shoots photos and video, builds websites, and works in athletics at the University of Nevada, where he handles the department's digital presence, including online and in stadiums and arenas. Ryan is also a digital production instructor at Nevada's Reynolds School of Journalism.