Su Lum: Slumming
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
As soon as I fill out my mail-in ballot, the election is done for me; I cannot work up a gnat’s worth of enthusiasm, panic or fury over the news coverage and the bombardment of ads and will probably hang up on the pollsters, even the ones who will exclude me if I admit to being employed by the media ” those are my favorites.
So I’ll probably wait until Halloween to hand-deliver my mail-in ballot to the Pitkin County courthouse annex. If you’re trusting enough to mail your ballot, make sure you put 76 cents in postage on it (some say 59 cents, some say all will be delivered) and do it sooner than later. If you’re not on the mail-in list, you may vote early at the annex all this week and next week through Friday (Halloween). There is no early voting over the weekend or on Monday, Nov. 3, the day before THE election, and you’ll have to fight the crowds at the polls.
I’ve written three columns on the election (www.aspentimes.com, archive Su Lum), omitting Snowmass Village and Basalt about which I know next to nothing, and here’s a brief re-cap, page by long page.
For president: Barack Obama!
Senator: Mark Udall
Representative: John Salazar
Board of Education: Jill Blake
State Rep.: Kathleen Curry
DA: Martin Beeson
County Commissioners: Michael Owsley, Jack Hatfield and George Newman
Judges: Don’t vote unless you know them.
46 (anti affirmative action), NO
47 (anti-union), NO
48 (anti-abortion), NO
49 (anti-union), NO
50 (gambling), YES
51 (disabilities), NO
52 (highway tax), NO
53 (criminal liability ” this question has been withdrawn), YES
54 (anti-union), NO
55 (firing without cause ” withdrawn), NO
56 (health care, withdrawn), NO
57 (health insurance, withdrawn), NO
58 (tax on oil and natural gas) YES!
59 (public education funds), YES
County 1A (sales tax for rivers and streams), YES
County 1B (property tax for county roads), NO
1C (land exchange), YES
City 2E (extend housing and daycare tax), YES
2F (extend real estate transfer tax), YES
2G, Burlingame density, 236 units
School district 3A (property tax for technology and transportation), NO
School district 3B (property tax for housing), NO
RFTA 4A (sales tax for transit), YES
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