Voting is important but it is hard. We live in a complicated political system that even many scholars do not fully understand. It has been crafted as intentionally ambiguous to protect those who made it from day one. We live in a primarily elitist democracy and the only way to fix this is to participate. However, the concept of “rational ignorance” is that not only is it difficult/time consuming/exhausting to be informed but also most of the time, it’s not worth the return on investment. So I made a voter guide to try to address this. You can pull this out at the polls, use it as a starting point for more research or pass it along to friends with more questions. It’s super brief, there is so, so, so much more on every single one of these issues and candidates but it’s an introduction to a crazy world that can’t fit onto a few one pagers.
This guide is intended to be nonpartisan, however I can’t say it’s not value oriented. It’s almost impossible to be impartial in life, particularly about something we feel strongly about. There are always going to be issues that I think are more important (that’s not objective, it’s based on my own value system) and I won’t apologize for that. I have apologized for having opinions for way too long. If you think there’s a bullet point on here that is incorrectly reported please (kindly) let me know! This is based on my own research as well as the League of Women’s Voters guide that is *actually* nonpartisan. For more detailed information, see that guide here!
I made this because of many requests for honest, straightforward, easy to understand information. This is my best shot at that! You can find waaaaay more info on the candidates’ websites or other news sources.
I did not include any third-party (or write-in) candidates because there are no polls that indicate a third-party candidate will even potentially disrupt any statewide elections in Ohio. There’s more info on third-party candidates available online and if you feel strongly I encourage you to vote with your beliefs– however, I also encourage you to make your vote count.
Don’t forget there are many smaller, localized elections that are equally important as statewide (possible more so!) in your district, county and hometown. Local newspapers typically provide voter guides based on answers submitted by the candidates themselves. I know it’s time-consuming and kinda boring but all of this will change your life. And the lives of lots of others. For better or for worse.
So vote. Vote like your life depends on it.
(because it actually does)