Did you know that if you are eligible to vote in a general election but not for the primary you can still vote in the primary? At least that was the law back in 1988. That was the year I was first able to vote in an election and that was also a Presidential election year. I was able to vote in the primary in that year and I remember doing my research on the candidates. Who I liked and who I didn’t. I made my choices and when it came time to vote, I voted. Over the years I have always knows who was running and what they stood for. I knew what was on the ballot and how I wanted to vote. I have every year.
At least up to this year. I was caught off guard when I got to vote and seen a constitutional amendment and had no clue it was on the ballot much less what it was for. Turns out it was pretty simple. Just gives the citizens of Kentucky the right to hunt. I had no idea it was even on the ballot. The measure past easily. I couldn’t believe it. I heard something about it on the radio as I was walking into the polling place. I was like, what did he say. I got inside and seen the ballot and thought, oh that was what he said.
After voting I went to work and went straight to the internet and start looking it up. What did it mean and why was it on there? I was taught that if something was on the ballot and you don’t know what it was then vote no. That’s what I did. And I didn’t like how I voted after I realized what it was. I wished I had been ready for it, but I wasn’t. Even when we moved to Nicholasville and the first city elections were coming up, I dug through online stories of the local paper trying to find out about the people running wanting to know more about them. I dropped the ball this year but not anymore. I will do my research.