Despite rampant voter enthusiasm, the reality: Many don’t plan to vote in November

This is my worry. So many people were already disillusioned by politics after 2016. Will we see even lower turnouts next month and in 2020?

“I just think that it’s a waste of my time,” said Leo Meeks, 39, a lifelong Clarksvillian who majored in political science in college but hasn’t voted in at least eight years. Even if he did vote, he said, the winner is often determined by gerrymandered districts or the electoral college, not voters. “Because whoever’s going to get into office is not going to be influenced based on what my goals are or what my needs are or what the public’s needs,” he said. “It’s going to be driven by capitalism, by big companies . . . Money controls.”

Source: Despite rampant voter enthusiasm, the reality: Many don’t plan to vote in November

2018 Election Tools

With the change to fall and the start of October, it’s time to start looking at the upcoming election in November. Seeing as how this is a mid-term election, not to mention the non-stop controversies which seem to afflict every  branch of the government right now, it is safe to say that this year’s election is very important. What is also important is making sure that I am an informed voter and not just voting a straight party ticket or making random selections on the ballot when I don’t know anything about the candidates. To that end, here are some of the tools I am using to research the candidates and issues on the ballot for Ohio and Medina County next month.

  • Ohio Secretary of State Elections page – This resource provides information on statewide elections (results and calendar), Ohio election candidates, and important information for voters.
  • Medina County Board of Elections website – This is where I go to check out what the ballot will be for the upcoming election. I can also verify my voting status and arrange to vote early or via absentee ballot from here. Your county elections board site will have similar resources for you.
  • Ballotpedia – This is one of two sites dedicated to gathering information about what will be on the ballot across the country. Since the site is a wiki, information about who or what is on the ballot is updated as it is discovered and vetted. The site is non-partisan and non-profit, making it an excellent source of information for voters all over the country.
  • Vote Smart – This site is very unique while also very resourceful. Another site which is non-profit, Vote Smart depends on many volunteers and workers who research each and every candidate gathering a comprehensive snapshot of the candidates based on their biographical data, voting record, finances, and public statements. The organization is as independent and balanced as possible, which you can read about on their About page.

What do you use to inform yourself about upcoming elections?

2018 Drum Corps Retrospective – DCA Finals

And so we come to the end, my friends. Once again, the Reading Buccaneers win the Open Class title, and deservedly so, while Carolina Gold pulls off an upset in Class A. Now it’s back to scanning Twitter and Facebook for videos and waiting for marching band season to start.

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2018 Drum Corps Retrospective – DCA Alumni Spectacular

It’s Sunday morning, so we all go to the Church of Drum Corps for the Alumni Spectacular. It’s always great to take in “old school” drum corps performances, and all of the performing units brought their A game. The only down side to this show was that the sun came out. While that normally wouldn’t be a problem, the sun managed to take a cool and cloudy weekend and convert it into a steam bath almost as soon as it showed up. Still, live outdoor drum corps is worth the sacrifice.

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2018 Drum Corps Retrospective – DCA Prelims

And so the final weekend of the 2018 North America drum corps season begins. While I was not in the press box for any of the shows in Williamsport, DCA did give myself and fellow Drum Corps World journalist William Aldrich-Thorpe seats in the center section right in front of the press box to ensure we had a great view to report from. With 19 corps to review as well as cover live, I was pretty busy with just this show alone!

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2018 Drum Corps Retrospective – DCI Finals

This was a strange one for me. For the first time since DCP started doing LIVE! From the Stands coverage of DCI Championships, I was actually covering the show FROM the stands. DCI and/or Lucas Oil Stadium determined that the press box was off limits due to “security reasons”. Regardless, I managed to cover the show, albeit from a very unique angle.

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2018 Drum Corps Retrospective – Big, Loud, & Live 15 Cinecast

With the 2018 DCI season about to end, we returned to movie theaters for the first of three nights of Championships. I’ll admit I also had the FloMarching feed of Prelims running on my phone while at work so I could at least hear the Open Class corps and those World Class corps seeded 16th and lower. Unlike the first cinecast event in June, I returned to the Montrose Movies cinema in the Akron area. Like last year, I left swearing never to return again. Seriously, people, Montrose Movies has become a dump.

DCI marks 15 years in movie theaters

2018 Drum Corps Retrospective – Tour Of Champions Massillon

The final regular season show of the 2018 DCI World Class season, and it’s my home show! This was also the only show this season where I was actually in the press box for the show, which made for a nice change since I wasn’t elbowing people on either side of me while typing or taking photos. The Massillon show is also a great show as it features many of the top 8 corps in World Class right before Indianapolis.

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2018 Drum Corps Retrospective – Shoremen Brass Classic

It’s a bonus when I can attend a local show on my birthday! As I celebrated my 44th session on this world, I took in one of the last Open Class shows of the 2018 regular season as DCI Championships loomed ahead. I always want to give as much love to the Open Class corps as possible as they don’t get as much attention as the World Class corps do.

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