Early voting is in progress. You have until Oct. 22 to request your early ballot if you’re a qualified voter for the Nov. 2 general election. I brashly speak for a nation full of citizens who have left their comfort zones to fight for state and national stability. We encourage all eligible voters to use the freedom of the ballot.
This column is specifically planned for you to clip out and save to use when you vote. Often we fail to do our homework on ballot propositions. There are ten issues you care about, which need your careful attention. I’ve done my homework and I’m voting this way:
Proposition 106: YES on the Health Care Freedom Act. It will amend our state constitution, prohibiting any law from forcing you, your employer or health providers to participate in any particular health care system. It’s designed to allow you to opt out of federal mandates.
Proposition 107: YES on Stopping Preferential Treatment or Discrimination towards anyone in regards to hiring practices at publicly funded operations. This measure repeals affirmative action policies and allows fair opportunities for all job candidates.
Proposition 109: YES to Protect our Individual Rights in regards to accessing wild life. This will give constitutional rights for Arizona citizens to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife. It prevents any law or rule that would restrict those rights.
Proposition 110: YES to Protect Military Bases. This relates to state trust lands. It provides a process for protecting lands and preserving military facilities.
Proposition 111: NO to Changing the Title of the Secretary of State to Lieutenant Governor. The measure would allow the Governor and Lt. Governor to be elected with one vote. Should the Governor leave office, the same party would be assured continued gubernatorial power. Secretary of state should remain an independent race.
Proposition 112: YES to Increase the Deadline for Filing Propositions, allowing more time for signature verification.
Proposition 113: YES to Protect the Right to Privacy. The amendment to the state constitution will protect the right to vote by secret ballot. This right needs to be secured due to nationwide unions’ “card check” movement.
Proposition 203: NO against Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Though this measure is promoted as a compassionate act for those who are suffering, look to California and Colorado for examples of why this is a catastrophic attack against social peace and public health.
Proposition 301: YES to Redirect State Land Trust Money. Arizona lawmakers are working to balance the budget. Money reserved to purchase open spaces will, instead, be used to fund K-12, healthcare and agencies, while also plugging a $124 million dollar hole in the state budget.
Proposition 302: YES to Redirect Early Childhood Money. $345 million from this redundant program will be separately accounted for and appropriated for childhood health and human services. Failure of this measure will result in further cuts to K-12, universities and low income healthcare.
I’m comfortable with my votes on these measures and I’m deeply proud of Arizona as a leader in the state’s rights movement. Tough decisions fill our days at home and in our communities, but when we keep hold of our local power to solve problems, our days hold assuring promises. We have much to be grateful for. Now go – be brave.
For more information on these propositions, go to: http://www.azsos.gov/election/2010/general/ballotmeasurepage.htm
East Valley resident Linda Turley-Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a syndicated columnist and former Phoenix veteran TV anchor.