Early voting dates here.
If you need a sample ballot for Washington County, here is a copy (in pdf downloadable format):
If you are in another area here is an online voter tool to see yours (you will have to provide your name and birthdate).
As you can see the graphics are too small to see well here so you will need to download the pdf file to study closely. In general, I plan to vote Republican, but cannot in good conscience vote for Leslie Osborne, Joy Hoffmeister, or Glen Mulready. I don’t support people who vote to raise taxes and fail to work to live within our/their means. I will leave these places blank and hope the Republicans nominate better people in the future. I don’t see the Democrats doing any better (sadly) and can find no information on the Independents on the ballot.
I plan at this point to vote No on all the judicial retentions for their failure to stand for life and their support of fees / taxes on the people. See this article on topic.
I will also be voting to turn down all the state questions on this ballot. I considered writing a detail explanation on all of them. However, you need to study them on your own and make your own decisions. Here is a brief summary of why I am a NO on each one:
SQ793 (eye care in retail mercantile establishment) seems to rather obscurely include more licensing/requirements and was the only one I briefly considered voting for since in one respect it seems to “open up” new markets, but at the same time it adds constraints on the market that I would rather not see. [More info on this one here via Batesline taking no side on the question]
SQ794 (also known as Marsy’s law) this question on the surface might sound good to you however, it was proposed by a fellow in California (enough said?) and looks to me like it will add judicial overhead to do something already being done well. The most egregious line in the whole thing says “Victims would no longer have a constitutional right to know the defendant’s location…” [More info on this one here via Batesline taking a pro side on the question]
SQ798 (Governor and Lt Gov combined ballot) consolidation of power is NEVER a good idea.
SQ800 (creating a new trust fund) NOT ANOTHER ONE
SQ801 (expanding permissible use of ad valorem tax revenue) since they are already misspending what they have, I certainly wouldn’t give them more ways to misspend what they have so we the taxpayers can continue to bail them out.
Bartlesville City Council
I don’t know the candidates in Ward 2.
If I lived in Ward 4, I’d be pleased to vote for Joel Rabin. He is consistently bringing to light issues of importance to the whole community and standing up for the rights of the people in Ward 4 specifically and Bartlesville in general. We need more men and women of courage like Joel on our city council. He has the ability, the insight, and the temperament to stand against all odds as is needed in this city at this time.
Posted with prayers for all the candidates and all the voters.
May we see things the way He sees things and love our neighbors even as we vote!