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Island Talkback: Elisabeth Shlifer on being an informed voter

Submitted by on 1, May 7, 2010 – 4:50 amNo Comment

The statewide primary election is coming June 8, and a school parcel tax ballot right after that. Should you care?

Do you own a house? Have you used electricity today? Do you have car insurance? Do you believe elections should be fair? Have you used city-provided services, such as roads, police, or public schools? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the upcoming June 8 and June 22 elections will affect you. On May 13 and June 10 you can find out how.

In every election cycle, we are bombarded with propaganda advising us to vote “yes” or “no” on issues and this “advice” is usually not benign. It often comes from people with a vested interest in a particular outcome and, frequently, what is important to them is not what is important to you.

Luckily, there is another option for learning what is on the ballot.

For over 90 years and in the run-up to countless elections, the non-profit League of Woman Voters has been providing balanced, unbiased information to all voters. It’s easy to obtain this information – just view the League’s Smart Voter guide online at www.smartvoter.org, pick up a free Easy Voter Guide at your local library, school, or house of worship, or attend one of our election events.

At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, the League of Women Voters of Alameda will offer a free forum at the Alameda Free Library. The forum will feature all four candidates for the District 3 Board of Supervisors seat plus non-partisan presentations on the state ballot propositions. It will be held at the Free Library’s main branch, at 1550 Oak Street.

The Alameda League will offer a second forum covering Measure E, the school parcel tax, at the Mastick Senior Center Social Hall, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue, on Thursday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. (The parcel tax has a separate mail-in ballot.)

Please come to our educational events: Read and listen to unbiased election information, ask questions, talk to other voters, and speak with people who know about the issues that affect you. League members, who are often longtime residents who are actively involved in the community, can be excellent resources. They are friendly, experienced, thoughtful, and know about state and local issues.

Because these election issues do affect you, please join the League and your neighbors on May 13 and June 10. All are welcome.

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