Please vote, even though Mitt Romney will win Arizona

| November 6 2012
Hannah Thoreson

Even though Mitt Romney is certain to win Arizona in the presidential election, there are still plenty of reasons to turn out to vote!

While U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Flake is still likely to prevail against former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, it is still worth turning out to ensure a victory for conservatives.  Jeff Flake is one of the most libertarian-oriented Republicans who could possibly have the chance to make it to the U.S. Senate.  He was against earmarks and other bad budgeting practices before that became standard procedure for the GOP.

Likewise, you may live in a Congressional or legislative district with important competitive races.  Probably the key one here for Maricopa County voters is the race between Kyrsten Sinema and Vernon Parker in CD-9.  Kyrsten Sinema has a very extreme record both in the legislature and in her public remarks.  If you’re not familiar, please take the time to look into it a bit before voting.  A vote for Vernon Parker is also strongly encouraged.

There are also a couple of initiatives on the ballot that could have a huge impact on the future of Arizona.  The two biggest ones are probably 121 and 204.  Prop 121 would completely eliminate Arizona’s fairly standard process for conducting a primary election and replace it with an open primary.  All major and minor parties in the state agree that this would be destructive and reduce voter choice.

Prop 204 is also important because, if passed, it would PERMANENTLY increase Arizona’s state sales tax by 1%.  This would give many communities in the state a sales tax of over 10%.  Advocates for the measure have been using their usual “it’s for the children” pleas in an attempt to create support for permanently higher taxes and spending.  In reality, it would only be another special interests giveaway to the tune of a billion dollars per year.  This is probably one of the bigger issues at stake this year, because a term in Congress only lasts for two years, and even Senators only get six — but Prop 204 has no sunset clause and would remain on the books indefinitely.

In short, please take the time to vote in the other federal races and have a look at the initiatives on the ballot, because there are some shady things going on while most voters are focused on the presidential election.

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