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BY KIMBERLY MORIN
In November we have a mid-term election that could prove to be very important in the grand scheme of ‘Live Free or Die’ New Hampshire. Voters will have the chance to re-elect good representatives and elect better representatives to the NH State Senate and House along with the Governor’s seat and the National seats in Congressional Districts 1 and 2. There’s also the chance to vote for a U.S. Senate seat.
Right now we are in the last stretch of the primary fight. For the most part, the primaries are being held by Republicans since only one set of Democrats dared duke it out (kind of telling about a party that enjoys being considered a ‘collective’).
Voters are getting emails, mailers and door knocks from candidates and their volunteers probably on a daily basis at this point. With 2 weeks left until the primary vote on September 9th, there isn’t a minute to lose to gain votes. But what type of voter are you?
Voters are all created equal in that they each have the right to vote but they don’t all vote ‘equally’. Let me explain the different types of voters:
a) Voter who votes based on party affiliation, regardless of candidate (that voter who simply ‘pulls the D or R lever because that is the party they belong to) or in a primary, votes however it seems the ‘Establishment’ wants them to vote.
b) Voter who votes based on candidate, regardless of party (these are typically ‘Undeclareds’ also known as Independents).
c) Voter who votes based on commercials; mailers; debates and emails from the candidates.
d) Voter who researches the candidate voting records. If there is no voting record, meets the candidate personally and asks others about that candidate.
I realize I wrote about something similar two weeks ago but that was more of a warning about candidates trying to fool types a, b and c. If you know what type of voter you are maybe you can stop yourself from voting poorly in the next election. New Hampshire’s status as the ‘Live Free or Die’ state is depending on it.
If you’re voting in primary elections, you owe it to your fellow Republicans or Democrats to vote for the best candidate; not the candidate with the most money, mailers or incumbent backing. Know the incumbent’s record. If there are no incumbents but candidates who were previously reps, know their voting record.
If you’re voting in the general election, you owe it to your fellow Granite Staters to vote for the best candidate; the one who actually represents ‘Live Free or Die’ New Hampshire. Isn’t that why we all live here?
If you’re a type a, b or c voter, do us all a favor and become a type d voter.
If you don’t vote for freedom at the ballot box, you lose it in the legislature.
(Kimberly Morin is the Manchester Political Buzz Examiner as well as the Political Buzz Anchor on Girard at Large. She is a self-described lifelong independent, policy researcher and conservative commentator who says that she doesn’t “shy away from asking tough questions and revealing the truth.”)