As regular readers know, I love election day, and I love stories about how crazy it is to vote in the USA. I'm expecting a pretty easy election day; we in Texas have the magic button that allows us to vote a straight ticket with one touch, and I believe, although I'm not certain, that it's a 100% partisan ballot.* We don't have any ballot measures. We do have judges, but they're partisan, so that's helpful.
But I know some of you will be faced with several, and perhaps dozens, of decisions to make on your general election ballot without the benefit of party cues. If you do have any good voting stories this year, please let me know! I'll start a thread for it on election day, and maybe one a week before for early voters -- of if you've already voted, feel free to comment here. How many decisions were you asked to make? How many of them didn't allow for party voting? What are some of the goofy offices you're voting for? Impenetrable ballot measures? How did you figure out which candidate or which side to support? (On the obscure ones; I'm less interested at least in this context in why you're voting for Rand Paul, but I'd love to hear how you made the choice in a nonpartisan coroner election). I'm sure frequent plain blog commenter and political scientist Matt Jarvis will let us know how many choices he has on his California ballot -- can anyone top him?
*Texas's version even allows you to go back and edit individual races..at least in the touch-screen version they've had in my polling place for the last few cycles, the magic button automatically lights up every candidate affiliated with the party, but then you can go through and add or delete any of them without affecting the others.