I take a very thorough approach to voting. I spent several hours to find data about things like relative fugitive emissions between states and break-even costs for gas development before deciding how to vote on Colorado's Proposition 112, a measure to increase the required setback for petroleum development.
I also look at the website for every candidate, even minor-party ones, to see what their issues and framing are. This led to a number of interesting findings:
- The Libertarian candidate for Lieutenant Governor has a website, but their running mate just has a Facebook page. Why they don't share a single site is unclear. (The Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates both have an About section for their running mates on their main site.) So much for the early-2000s stereotype that a Libertarian candidate is probably an out-of-work programmer.
- The 90s-retro website award goes to John Bedrick, Republican candidate for Boulder County Sheriff. According to the hit counter at the bottom of the page, I was the 962nd visitor. And although he prominently lists his experience in cyber/data security and privacy, I'm not sure that hosting your campaign page on your business's domain is a great idea. Props for having a Spanish version of the text prominently displayed in parallel with the English.
- Incumbent Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has an interesting Google problem: when I google [wayne williams] with a Colorado IP address, the top two results are an ad for his campaign website, a normal link to his campaign website, a sidebar for Wayne Williams, American serial killer, and about give other articles about "The Atlanta Killer." Hopefully Colorado voters are able to tell who is who.
The weirdest platform goes to Bill Hammons, national leader of the Unity party and candidate for Colorado Governor. His positions:
- I Support the Military > If Trump takes the step of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, I support the Generals
- Lincoln, D.C. > Ditch the swamp by moving the nation's capital to east of DIA and naming it after one of our greatest Presidents
- Colorado Constitutional Convention > Our system is broken, and Colorado can host an Article V Constitutional Convention
- Eliminate Income Taxes > Replace the Colorado income tax with a revenue measure based on fossil fuel consumption
- Crossroads Colorado > More can be done to promote the advantages of Colorado's central position in the country
- Defend Colorado at all Costs > We should demand resurrection of the federal "Star Wars" SDI program with Colorado as its focus
- Colorado Spaceport Development > Since 2010, I've been publicly pushing for more Spaceport development in Colorado
- Life and Death > I support the Right to Choose, and I also support the Death Penalty
- Colorado Gun Rights > Like the rest of the Constitution, I support the Second Amendment as it was written 200 years ago
- School Shootings > The FBI needs to be folded into the CIA and domestic surveillance of Social Media increased dramatically
- Law Enforcement > We can protect both our law enforcement officers and the public with mandatory and funded body cameras
- Care for Coloradans > I myself lost my own health insurance due to Obamacare, and support a Colorado Medicare for All system</ins>
- Colorado Life Insurance > Being a Life Producer, I'm a firm believer in the societal benefits of insurance, and support state funding
- Lower the Voting Age to 16 > If you're old enough to drive tons of steel, you should be old enough to vote in the State of Colorado
- Count Every Vote (CEV) > Counts of all over-votes on ballots encourage desperately-needed competition in our electoral system
- Colorado Redistricting > We need drawing of all legislative districts along competitive lines, including with my Denver 7 plan
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