(Also, I can't type "election" without first typing "electron" by mistake. It's an occupational hazard.)
Here is the list of candidates for NYC. Apparently the Rent Is Too Damn High Party has been bowdlerized to Rent Is Too High. See their website for more details.
I plan to vote for:
- Governor / Lieutenant Governor: Eliot Spitzer / David A Paterson (Working Families)
- State Comptroller: Alan G Hevesi (Working Families)
- Attorney General: Andrew M Cuomo (Working Families)
- United States Senator: Hillary Rodham Clinton (Working Families)
- Representative in Congress (15th District): Charles B Rangel (Working Families)
- State Senate (31st District): Eric Schneiderman (Working Families)
- Member of the Assembly (67th District): Linda B Rosenthal (Working Families)
This is not democracy. And maybe democratic elections aren't the best way to pick judges anyway; maybe it would make sense to have them appointed and confirmed as they are in the federal judiciary. But the status quo is much worse, because it creates the illusion of democracy without any of the substance. Judicial candidates are chosen by party bosses, with no accountability to the voters. (If judges were appointed, they would at least be chosen by elected officials.)
I refuse to participate in this sham, so I plan to cast a write-in vote in protest. Any suggestions on whom I should write in? Desh may have inspired me to write in my own name, but I don't think I'm qualified for the position of judge (though perhaps more qualified than these guys).