A Overheard Conversation

A: We need to lower the voting age to 16.

B: Are kids that age really mature enough?

A: Of course.

B: If that’s true, why did we raise the drinking age from 18 to 21?

A: Well, …

B: You have to be 21 to buy a handgun, and we’ve come out with a proposal to raise the age for rifles and shotguns from 18 t0 21.

A: Um, …

B: You have to be 18 to hold an unrestricted driver’s license in this state.

A: Ah, …

A: You have to be 18 to get married in this state.

A: They’re more likely to vote for our party.

B: You’ve convinced me.

Election Day

Here’s my fearless forecast for the election results: Other than Larry Hogan being reelected as Governor of Maryland, your guess is as good as mine on any of the races attracting national attention. That includes the balance of power in the House of Representatives.

Go vote.

UPDATE—All the cool kids get a sticker.

Voting Rights

A Social Justice website has a post up pondering on whether men should be allowed to vote.

However one can’t be sure if withdrawing the white man’s vote could be considered a “wrong”. Furthermore, the point here that has to be made is that banning white men from voting temporarily will help them understand  systemic injustice and help them become better, more empathetic allies to the social justice cause.

None of the men pictured below were available for comment.

Headed Out to Vote

Mrs. Hoge grew up in the only predominately Republican precinct in Cook County, Illinois, and the first part of the Chicago “Vote early and vote often” mantra stuck with her. She and I are headed over to a nearby school to vote, and then we’re off to deal with the day’s other business.

UPDATE—All the cool kids got a sticker!I Voted

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin’s interest in voting rights is not something new. This paragraph appears at the bottom of page 140 in Mark Singer’s Citizen K:

Pritzker’s [one of Kimberlin’s lawyers] valedictory chore in Kimberlin’s behalf was an appearance at his sentencing for the military-insignia and Presidential-seal possession counts. This hearing took place 3 November 1980. The previous day, a small item in the [Indianapolis] Star noted that Kimberlin was among a dozen prisoners at the Marion County Jail whose attempts to vote in an imminent general election were being thwarted by an Indiana law that disenfranchised criminals during their imprisonment. Kimberlin was thus deprived of the chance to cast his ballot for or against Dan Quayle, who was them on the eve of election to his first term in the U. S. Senate.

A Correction in re #BrettKimberlin

It is my firm policy to publish corrections here at Hogewash! as soon as errors are verified. Because I had an incorrect date of birth for Brett Kimberlin, I was unable to verify that he is a registered voter. Subsequently, he included his date of birth in a public document that I have downloaded, and I was able to check his voter registration. Brett Kimberlin is registered to vote at his home address in Maryland.

I regret my earlier error.

Initial Turnout Heavy in Maryland

The plural of anecdote is data. Here’s some data. Turnout was very heavy at our predominantly Republican precinct in Carroll County when Mrs. Hoge and I voted this morning. Coworkers also report long lines in other majority Republican precincts in Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Charles Counties. Turnout is also reported heavy in predominately Democrat PG County.

Interest seems more directed to the same-sex “marriage” and gambling ballot questions among the PG County voters I’ve talked with than in the political races.

Hmmmm.

In other voting related news, my in-laws in the Chicago area report low turnout in cemetery precincts. That could be a bad sign for the President.

Stay tuned.

Off to the Polls

I’m going to vote a straight Republican ticket and for the most conservative school board candidates. We’ve got seven Questions on the ballot, and I’ll vote NO on all but Question 3 which makes removal from office of a public official a more streamlined process after conviction of a crime. So it’s NO on keeping the gerrymandered congressional districts, same-sex “marriage,” and the expansion of gambling. In the case of gambling, I’m not against it per se, but I view this proposal as a corrupt deal.

I’m going to the polls to vote.

Go thou and do likewise.

Primary Day in Maryland

The polls are open, and I’ll stop by to vote on the way to work. I’ve chosen who to support using William F. Buckley’s Rule: Vote for the most conservative candidate who can win.

UPDATE–Things were very unusual at the polls this morning. Our precinct is normally flooded with poll workers campaigning. Today, there was only one Ronulan and no one else. I was the only person voting while I was there; turn out so far was the lowest anyone could remember in over 20 years. And, for the first time since I moved to Maryland in 1990, there was someone doing exit polling for the networks.