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Making informed voting choices not habitual ones

Making informed voting choices not habitual ones

In an April 22 letter, Doug Gamble observed that many Democrats will vote for anyone with a “D” following their name rather than vote for a Republican. Gamble opined that, if Charles Manson were on the ballot as a Democrat, some Democrats would vote for him. 

In an April 27 letter Cosme Padilla found that statement offensive, but sadly, it’s true.

Two years ago, state Sen. Leland Yee dropped out of the race to become secretary of state after being arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic in firearms, importing and selling rocket launchers, money laundering, murder for hire, drug distribution, defrauding citizens and political corruption.

A Democrat and one of California’s leading advocates for gun control, Yee’s name remained on the ballot and on Election Day he came in third, garnering more than 300,000 votes. 

There is nothing within Democrats or Republicans that makes them more noble, intelligent, compassionate or wise. Democrats believe in the power and promise of government while Republicans believe that America’s power and promise lies within the individual.
The gridlock we abhor in Washington originates with our votes so we have to set partisanship aside, do our own research and make informed rather than habitual choices.

— Sandra Braddock, Monterey

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