Its been a long time since I have posted here – for the past four years, I have been active with my own company and chose to stay away from politics.
Two years ago, during the last Presidential Election, I made sure my vote got counted (even when the absentee ballot was accidentally not accepted by the County Office of Elections) and this time, I am spending time on researching candidates.
Collecting Information is HARD
One thing I hate the most is that trying to figure out whom to chose is insanely difficult. There are over thirty people to evaluate on the Democratic primary ballot, and no easy way to understand these down-ticket candidates.
UPDATE August 9th: I found a great site for you to make your own choices: check out On Your Ballot at https://onyourballot.vote411.org/
Just type in your address (I just did the City, State and Zip) and all of the candidates showed up!
Sure, I can watch every Democratic candidate get their one hour interview from the Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel and Palm Beach Post – but this is not an easy way to absorb the details of these candidates.
As a stats guy, I can use the simple details of number of views to give a straw poll of candidates and see how they are doing as of today, Sunday August 5th:
- Philip Levine: 235 views now 486 (9th)
- Jeff Greene: 447 views now 715
- Chris King: 256 views now 390
- Andrew Gillum: 440 views now 797
- Gwen Graham: 222 views now 494
Could this be an inverse metric since people are looking at candidates that re not getting media saturated?
Voting in Pinellas
Since I live in Pinellas County now, time for me to look at candidates and whom I am voting for. I will go through the ballot and share the candidates that are up and the Editorial Board selections given in support of their candidates in Florida. In particular, I use the Orlando Sentinel, the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald for my state-wide notes.