Today is V-day or E-day or whatever way you want to say it, Voting Day! I won't try and give a condensed Wikipedia version of the history of voting or whether our country has gone downhill or not since women got the vote or any of that. I just want to quickly point out several things that might be helpful before you wearily roll your eyes and wish like mad that all the campaign signs on your neighbor's lawn will be taken down as quickly as possible.
I really believe that these elections are even more critical than the last ones that took place. Sure, presidential elections get all the media attention and people are vehemently behind their candidate, even long after they've lost. Case in point, I happened to see a bumper sticker touting Kerry and Edwards the other day, no joke! That has to take the cake, because that particular election was five whole years ago. What's done is done, now we need to move on and deal with what we've got.
While presidential elections capture all our attention, energy and willpower, we probably have a much bigger voice when it comes to local elections dealing with our school boards, county and state judicial seats. We start having all night prayer meetings in our churches when it comes to the president, and I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but what about when it comes to our every day lawmakers? For the last several years, the Ten Commandments have been steadily ripped from our courts and thoroughly despised. What other value system is there that is worthy of being upheld? Thou shalt not murder isn't something to sneeze at. Sounds pretty fair to me. These are the elections that are going to put those law overseers into office, some of them for the next ten years! That is too important to think that these are small elections and they don't matter.
It's entirely possible to have never heard of these people on the ballot, but there are a couple of ways to try to keep as informed as humanly possible on the candidates and the issues. We can look them up online, we can check out user guides in the local paper, we can call their offices, we can certainly pray for wisdom. Trying to find out their positions are a little more challenging but it's worth it to take the time. Here are some links that can help:
and in pa, http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/ElectionsInformation.aspx?FunctionID=0