By Juliana Trujillo
For the judges, who are relatively unknown, there was a booklet containing their background and whether or not a Commission of attorneys and non-attorneys thought she or he should be retained. I thought this was very helpful and that it was a good way to reduce the amount of non-votes for the judges. I asked my mom whether or not she would have left them blank if she had not had that booklet, and her reply was that she might have looked them up. But I thought it was very clever to have that booklet available.
Also, after our meeting last month,I convinced her to take a second look at the vote for the GMO bill. We talked about how just hearing rumors about a certain topic or bill wasn't necessarily the truth. Since then I've also talked with with classmates too about campaign ads not just for bills but candidates. It's interesting to note John Hickenlooper has not endorsed any negative ads towards Bob Beauprez, but that it might hurt him in the long run, because people latch on to the negative rather than positive. I personally applaud him for it, because all of the ads are so so negative. I think even though third parties in favor of him are running negative ass, he himself is not condoning such ads.
I think that in order to properly vote, you need to do research. But people don't have time, or won't make time to do it and either vote blind based in attack ads, or don't vote at all which is equally harmful. That's what is most important, that you DO vote. Not voting could lead to a candidate in office who you don't like nor trust. But at that point there's no one else to blame but yourself.
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