One Image, One Question: March 15, 2016

By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)

Okay, by the date cited in the title of this post, you probably know what’s to follow, especially if you live in Illinois. (Or Florida and Ohio.)

Yes, today we juxtapose an image and question related to today’s Primary Election in the state of Illinois.

Did you, or do you plan, to make your vote count during the primary election in your state?

Did you, or do you plan, to make your vote count during the primary election in your state?

In the days leading up to the election, citizens in and around metropolitan Chicago have been pummeled with campaign messages via broadcast media, fliers and signage, and of course, those always annoying robocalls, which usually arrive when I’m preparing or worse, eating dinner.

Yes, I cast my vote this morning. And, no, I won’t share any information on my choices for the national, statewide or local candidacies.

However, as in previous elections, the process to vote in my Chicago ward was effortless. There was no line, there was no confusion.  I preformed my civic duty in minutes using a pen and the double-sided ballot.

Which leads to today’s question:

If the process of voting is quick, uncomplicated and painless, why must the primary process be so lengthy, confusing and excruciating?

And, let me add to the debate: That which makes the world go ’round — money.

Call me a simpleton (hey, I’ve been called much worse), but it’s unfathomable that billions of dollars are spent annually on campaigns.  And, like everything in this world, the costs will continue to escalate.

So fellow Americans, please share your thoughts on this quandary, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.  I guarantee I’ll forward on commentary to those we elect to office.

Once they’re done campaigning, of course.

 

 

 

 

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Voter Lookup & Some Thoughts on the Upcoming 2014 Mid-Term Elections

By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)

The nice people at WordPress, who provide me and millions of others with the technology to communicate to millions of others online, have taken a step forward toward democracy.

That is, they’ve prepared a resource that will helps those of us who are registered to vote in the Mid-Term elections November 4 to learn more about the candidates and issues within our communities.  Yes, the resource is located right below.

It’s pretty simple:  Click on the image below, enter your address in the box and click on the magnifying glass image.

 

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Note: I tried the service by entering my home address, which is where I’ve been registered as a voter for the past 14 years, and got a nice statement that stated “no election information found,” and encouraged me to try closer to Election Day. Perhaps I will, but I applaud WordPress for its efforts.

Now, onto another election-related topic, one perhaps even the most

If you're registered to vote, make your voice count November 4. Vote!

If you’re registered to vote, make your voice count November 4. Vote!

seasoned and savvy pundits have yet to address:  The use by candidates of a nickname.

I’m inspired to comment on this subject after reading an article yesterday announcing the proposed candidacy of Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a Cook County Commissioner, into next year’s race for Mayor of Chicago.  I don’t know how this public official got the nickname of “Chuy,” but as a public relations professional, I think it’s advantage in building awareness and standing out in what may be a crowded field.

In fact, I recommend that every dark horse candidate running for office consider employing a nickname.  These generally appear on the ballot, so that may help sway an undecided voter.

As a service to future Americans planning to run for office, The PRDude offers these suggestions:

  • “Honest” — simple, I know, but effective even if it’s not true.
  • “Joe” — may be popular with the regular “Joes” out there.
  • “Jane” — let’s not forget the ladies.
  • “Happy” — who wouldn’t vote for someone who was happy?
  • “Grumpy” — might sway Disney fans.

Think this is a lot of malarkey? Then read this obit about the recently departed Harry “Bus” Yourell, a long-time Chicago area pol who never — let me repeat that — never lost an election in five decades.

Hey, it worked for Bus.

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