I’m deeply conflicted about electoral politics. I participate, and I vote, but I’m skeptical of the whole process, and it frustrates me.
I’m edumacated. I’ve studied up on tomorrow’s election. But I can’t say I’ve got any confidence in the decisions I will be making in the booth.
And if it’s hard for me, who enjoys so many advantages, how hard is it for someone who is under the heel of poverty or displaced from the only home they’ve ever known? What about someone who is functionally illiterate? The harsh fact is that’s where a lot of New Orleanians are at. They should be able to have a voice in this election too.
It is a charade. And yet I get caught up in it.
I got a sample ballot from the Louisiana Secretary of State. I’m in the 4th Ward, Precinct 5. Here’s how I plan to vote. This is not an endorsement of any of these candidates! I just thought it would be interesting to record.
Kevin J. Gremillion, No Party, Ballot # 1
Gerald DeSalvo, Democrat, Ballot # 4
Clerk, Civil District Court
Clerk, Criminal District Court
Paul Mirarchi Massa, Green, Ballot # 15
Assessor, 2nd Municipal District
Jackie Shreves, Other, Ballot # 26
Mayor, City of New Orleans
Virginia Boulet, Democrat, Ballot # 50
Councilmember(s) at Large
Carlos J. Hornbrook, Democrat, Ballot # 77
David Lapin, Democrat, Ballot # 78
Councilmember, District B
Marshall Truehill, Jr., Democrat, Ballot # 96
And there you have it. Tough choices that instill neither confidence nor pride. Maybe this is democracy, but I’m sure we could do it better. This process seems broken.