This seems a little too specific for the LC thread. There are lots of elections around the country. Here in central Ohio, these are the big issues:
Ohio Issue 1 (State level)
This is the big one. A successful yes vote provides constitutional protection for abortion. A no vote doesn’t technically prohibit abortion, but will allow the already-passed-but-currently-on-hold Heartbeat Bill (which prohibits abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected) to go into effect. I’m optimistic this will pass, but if it doesn’t, I’m going to have to come to grips that I live in a state that’s more like Mississippi than it is like Michigan or Wisconsin.
There have been infinite ads and campaiging around this. From what I’ve seen, it’s mostly on the Yes side, but I don’t know if that’s just because of the targeted ads I receive.
Ohio Issue 2 (State level)
This legalizes the recreational use of marijuana. Haven’t really seen much discussion of this at all. A 2015 vote failed.
More local to me is our school board elections. Here, we’ve got two votes:
School board members
This hits close to home, as we have 3 kids on our local public schools. There are 6 people running for 2 spots. Three of them seem to be liberal, one is a moderate conservative, and two are extremist conservatives. Extremists in the sense of:
- “We just need to get back to basics” (i.e., any discussion about students’ mental health concerns or inclusivity is off-limits)
- Pro banning books if those books feature controversial topics (e.g., interracial or gay relationships).
- “I will not support Black student organizations unless there are equal White student organizations.”
The extremists’ campaigns have a lot of money behind them, and at least one of them is going to end up on the board, which is exceptionally disheartening.
This is maybe the one that frustrates me most. The district has experienced significant growth in student populations, and a corresponding increase in total expenses. At the same time, their revenues have been fairly flat. (As I understand it, the combination is because of newly-built housing developments that bring with them new students to service, but–because of developer tax abatements–do not bring with them the necessary incremental taxes to provide those services.)
The district has been terrible in terms of communicating this to the public, which has resulted in people saying, “Why does the district need more money? Why can’t they just tighten their belt straps the way households have to do?” So the levy is likely to fail, which means that the district is going to fire a large number of teachers, absolutely gut their foreign language programs, AP and IB programs, and other valuable services.
What drives me bananas is how sort sighted this “vote not” attitude is. When we moved here ~15 years ago, we chose to move to this high-tax area precisely because of the school district and the services/opportunities it offered. We paid a premium to live here (in terms of housing price as well as ongoing taxes), and that premium still exists. If this levy fails, our school district immediately becomes just a run-of-the-mill district with no particular reason to pay premium prices to live here. These idiots voting no on the levy are going to be pikachu stunned when they can’t sell their house for 2022 (or even 2018) prices.
- Issue 1 passes
- Issue 2 fails
- 1 extremist and 1 moderate conservative voted to school board while the 3 liberals split votes
- School levy fails
- Significant bitterness and drinking in the spidercrab household