Voting decisions

We looked over our election choices the other night and made our voting decisions. A quick rundown of a few items on the ballot:

Kerry, which makes me feel just a little bit dirty. I’ve always said that voting for “the lesser of two evils” is still voting for evil (and if I want to do that, I’ll write in Cthulhu — why settle for the lesser evil, right?), but I’m making an exception this time. I don’t even particularly like Kerry, or think he’s going to be any kind of panacea, but I feel I should be a little more pragmatic this time around. Not that it really matters who I vote for, California’s electoral votes are pretty much already decided anyway.

Prop. 59: Public Records, Open Meetings
Yes. Sort of a Freedom of Information Act for California.

Prop. 62: Elections. Primaries
No. This would restrict California general election ballots to two candidates. If you think it’s hard to get a third party candidate into office now, just wait until those candidates can’t even get on the ballot.

Prop. 66: Limitations on “Three Strikes” Law. Sex Crimes. Punishment
Yes. Mandatory minimum sentences are a bad idea. This doesn’t even do away with the “three strikes” law, but rather redefines which crimes can be considered a “third strike”.

Prop. 68: Non-Tribal Commercial Gambling Expansion. Tribal Gaming Compact Amendments. Revenues, Tax Exemptions
No. I’m not particularly concerned about Indian gaming — most of those casinos are run by non-Indian corporations anyway — and I do think non-Indian gambling should be legal, but this is simply extortion.

Prop. 69: DNA Samples. Collection. Database. Funding
No. Government intrusion is bad enough as it is without giving the state the power to compile DNA databases of California citizens who have not been convicted of any crime.

Prop. 71: Stem Cell Research. Funding. Bonds
No. On the one hand, I am completely in favor of increased stem cell research and think it could use as much funding as possible. On the other hand, writing restrictions on said research into law doesn’t sound very appealing to me.