Candidates, METRO Referendums Confusing? Use the League of Women Voters Guide

In the grand scheme of things, the bigger the election, generally the more attention it gets and the more distantly removed it is from our day-to-day activities. Sure, voting for school board members and county tax collectors isn't as sexy as voting for president, but it is more likely to affect your life in much more substantial ways despite the hand-wringing of every news network, pundit and talk show host.

The problem is that while most of us are fairly well versed in the ins and outs of national politics thanks to an incessant barrage of commercials, news discussions and Facebook posts, far fewer of us know much about the local elections that deal with the nuts and bolts of life in Houston and Harris County.

For example, did you know that the METRO 2012 General Mobility Program Referendum actually means LESS funding for light rail? I didn't either until I read the League of Women Voters guide.

I believe in being an educated voter. I don't vote straight party ticket because it leaves way too many holes in the process. Witness our recent cover story about conservative Lloyd Oliver running for Harris County District Attorney as a Democrat.

The great thing about the guide's writers is they simply pass along information provided to them by candidates and supporters/opponents of particular ballot items. It's in plain, simple language that leaves little confusion, which is especially important in smaller local and statewide races that might otherwise go overlooked by the average voter.

So, whomever you vote for, do it armed with information and try not to post about it over and over on Facebook lest I be forced to block you! Download the guide here.

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