On November 6 2012 at approximately 1215 PM local time, I voted in the general election at the First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, Payne County, Oklahoma. Here’s how I voted.
Electors for President and Vice President: I refused to vote for Barack Obama for reasons discussed here and, lacking minor party and write-in options, abstained. Had either Jill Stein or Rocky Anderson been on the ballot, I would’ve voted for them.
United States Representative District 03: I looked up the website of Democrat Timothy Ray Murray and I couldn’t believe this was who we Democrats have going for us in Oklahoma’s 3rd Congressional District. The website is just a mess and I can hardly make heads or tails of where he stands on any issue besides agriculture. Just as bad, he uses the word “Democrat” as an adjective (e.g. “Democrat Party”), which as far as I’m concerned should be grounds for automatic disqualification from running as the Democratic Party nominee.
Judging from his website, independent candidate William M. Sanders is a much better candidate who takes liberal positions (despite his previous status as a Republican), and so I ended up voting for him.
County Clerk: At first I was going to abstain from this race because there really aren’t issues at stake in this race, and the differences between the two candidates are laughably miniscule. In the end though, I decided that I should vote for at least one Democrat in this election, and that was Linda Hatfield.
Proposition No. 1: This would raise Payne County’s sales tax to pay for firefighting. I voted Yes.
Proposition No. 2: This would allow alcohol to be sold in restaurants and bars on Sundays. I voted Yes.
State Question No. 758: This would limit certain increases in property tax values. I abstained because of lack of information.
State Question No. 759: This would allow affirmative action in certain cases: 1. where gender is a bonafide qualification 2. where court orders and contracts mandate it and 3. where federal funding mandates it. While I’m not a fan of affirmative action, I thought it would be reasonable in these cases and I voted Yes.
State Question No. 762: This would shift decisions over parole from the Governor to the Pardon and Parole Board. I was torn about this one. While it was possible that such a change could lead to more fair decisions for parolees, I thought the Governor, as the state’s chief law enforcement officer, should still be a part of the process. I also felt like I didn’t have the information I needed to make a good decision. In the end I abstained due to my indecision and lack of information.
State Question No. 764: This would allow the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to issue bonds for a reserve fund. I voted Yes.
State Question No. 765: This would abolish the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Commission of Human Services and the directorship of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, and would transfer their responsibilities to the State Legislature and any departments they might create. I voted No.
State Question No. 766: This would exempt certain things from property taxation. I abstained because of lack of information.
On all other contests (all judicial ones), I abstained because of lack of information.
I’ll post official results for these contests when they become available.