Another Better Article on ConCon

Last evening’s article on this topic of holding a convention gives a bit more of an explanation why past attempts fell short of actually having a convention.

Here’s the key (paraphrased): most voters select the candidates they wish to vote for, but skip the bottom ballot where questions may be. So, as an example, if statewide 5,000,000 vote and only 5,000 of them answer the ballot question then the definition of a majority is not considering those who voted on just that ballot question but all ballots. In short, 5,000 out of 5,000,000 is not a majority.

Here is where the voting public needs to understand how important it is to answer/vote on everything that appears on the ballot come November. Leave nothing unanswered.

Particularly if you feel strongly about needing to have new legislation by way of this Constitutional Convention.

Do you feel the need for voter referendums on local/statewide issues?
Do you feel Maryland needs a recall mechanism/process for elected officials?
Do you feel it is necessary for elected officials to have terms limited?
Do you feel we need to be a Shall Issue (instead of May) state when it comes to applying for concealed carry permits?
Do you feel we need to provide photo ID when voting?
Speed cameras??

If you believe we need any of the above (or other issues) then remember to vote your entire ballot come November 2, 2010.

Here is another article on the subject published today by the Baltimore Sun. Although I feel the need to explain (in case you don’t know) that a constitution is never ‘shredded’ and started from scratch. Any constitutional changes made always show everything that has been written within it. Recent amendments that affect prior amendments do not erase or remove anything that has been written into the document. Just to be clear, and that everyone understands how this is done.

This Is The Year

10 months and counting.

To the day.

Before you see this question on the ballot.

Are you in favor for a Constitutional Convention (for Maryland), or not?

UPDATED: One More Thing

Early Voting.
Yup. That starts next year.
Sept 3 (Fri, 10am to 8pm) through Sep 9 (Thu 10am to 8pm – Last Day of Early Voting)
Oh – excludes Sunday.

Yet, voting also is set for Sep 14 (Tue) at the regular timeframe of 7am to 8pm.

And, we go back to using paper ballots and the OCR machines. (connect the lines, remember?)

UPDATE – Received a recent Harford County Bd of Elections newsletter saying that there will still be a touch screen available to those with disabilities that want/need to use that. Other voters can choose between that and the new OCR machines.

Should be interesting.

Oh, also another thing, that Constitutional Convention question?
That shows up in the General Election on November 2, Tuesday.
Early voting for that timeframe starts on –
Oct 22, Fri 10am-8pm and ends on Oct 28, Thu 10am to 8pm
Yep, excluding Sunday here, too.

Then the regularly scheduled General Election on Tuesday, November 2, 7am to 8pm.

Term Limits: Just My Opinion

Do they work? Can they work? How best should they be determined?
The one that I figure most are familiar with is the two-term limit on the President’s Office.

So if that has been a good idea since FDR, how is it this is only for one major office??
Some would argue term limits aren’t needed, as voting would (hopefully) be such an effective tool. But is that really? How can that be, when typical voters – on a very good turnout – only amount to about 35% of all of the registered voters (usually, per precinct).

This says to me that of the remaining 65% that could have voted, but didn’t, could actually have changed outcomes.

But here’s the rub. The most common reasons for not voting is due to – 1) my vote won’t matter, 2) I don’t like either of them, 3) I’m too busy, 4) he/she doesn’t get my vote because he/she (whatever the single reason is), 5) not interested.

I’m sure there are more reasons.

But does anyone consider that trying to convince others, friends and family members to go and vote might actually make a difference?

Or, perhaps those of us who regularly vote just wish there was more of a choice than what they have seen so far?

Maybe that’s exactly what we need.

This could turn into effective term limits. Just having enough civic minded friends and neighbors that decide to take the jump and run against someone. Maybe this is what we need more of. At both the local and federal levels of government.

This would be eminently practical, particularly considering the not-so-likely scenario of hoping to get legislation passed at any level to institute term limits for any elected position.

So. Short answer – we really need each other. And more of us & each other, to vote.
In the primaries especially, where the competition actually lives. (Before it gets whittled down to the, ahem, chosen few that will show up in the General election.)

Enough of that. Have a good evening and rest up for September 14th, 2010.

Every 20 years the Magic Returns

Welcome to the new site highlighting the upcoming Maryland Constitutional Convention question to be presented on the 2010 voting ballot.

This site will be dedicated to the notion and ideas for holding such a convention, whose purpose is to amend the Maryland Constitution.

For example, procedures, processes, definitions found in other state constitutions that are not within our own.

Such as: recall procedures, term limits on elected position, official language, voting rights and identification, proof of residence for obtaining official documents and on and on