Given the hoops I’ve managed to first locate and then jump through, bitching most of the way, this should not be all that surprising. Still — my name’s on the election ballot.
Other than that it looks like any other Massachusetts ballot, customized by district and locality. The left column is topped by “Electors of President and Vice President.” The candidates themselves are only identified by surname: Johnson and Gray, Obama and Biden, Romney and Ryan, Stein and Honkala.
In every subsequent block, names are given in full, and incumbents (“Candidates for re-election”) are listed first, in alphabetical order.
I’m not wild about this. How about alphabetizing the incumbents with everybody else, and including “Candidate for re-election” in the same teeny tiny size it’s in now?
I’d be lucky number 13 no matter which way they did it.
What really bugs me, though, is that it’s not explained how the MVC voting works. The MVC has nine elected members, all elected at the same time to two-year terms. So up at the top it says “Vote for not more than NINE.” What it doesn’t say is that each town must have at least one elected commissioner and no town can have more than two, so if you vote for three candidates from the same town, you’re throwing a vote away. Voters need to know this.
There are three candidates running from Tisbury, three from Oak Bluffs, three from Edgartown, and three from West Tisbury (that’s my town). One of each trio isn’t going to get elected, no matter how many total votes they get. The third-highest finisher from West Tisbury might edge out the second-highest finisher from Edgartown, but the Edgartonian will probably be elected and the West Tisburyite definitely won’t.
Pay attention to where the candidates live. It’s in teeny tiny type, but it’s there. Don’t vote for more than two candidates from any one town. If you want, you can vote for just one from a particular town — or none. And you can vote for fewer than nine in total if you like.
And yes, I’d be quite happy if you voted for me. My name is Susanna J. Sturgis and I approved this blog post.