It’s an election year in the United States, meaning about 60% of the eligible voters (and an unspecified percentage of ineligible ones) will be heading to the polls on November 2 to cast a ballot for slate of candidates that starts with the President and Vice President of the United States, maybe a US Senator (or, in our case here in Georgia, two Senators), a US Representative, possibly a Governor, and people to fill various statewide, county, and municipal positions, including judges. At the end of the ballot, there will be a number of "ballot initiatives," i.e. referendums (or, if you took four years of Latin like I almost did, referenda). These are decisions that are normally left to our duly-elected representatives that they’ve decided they should ask the voters directly about, so that the voters can’t blame them for passing or not passing the measure.
Usually by the time you get to the referendums you’re so tired of choosing people you don’t know to fill offices you didn’t even know existed that you end up voting for Moe, as in "eeny meeny miney moe." Instead of just "yes" or "no," they should include a third option, "whatever."
Here in Georgia, we have three "legislatively referred constitutional amendments," about which we’ll probably hear nothing until after the election and the law is in place, and we also have a "non-binding advisory question" that asks us whether we want to keep switching between standard and daylight saving time, ditch daylight saving time and stay on standard time year-round, or whether we want to do the opposite, get off standard time and stay with daylight saving time year-round, as long as Congress says it’s okay. I’m inclined to go with the third option, except we could end up continuing to do what we’re doing now if Congress says "no."
But that’s beside the point. Frankly, I think we should vote backwards: do the referendums first, then the judges, then the local officials, the state officials, and the national officials. I really think the candidates for local offices (e.g. the school board) are the most important, because they’re the ones more likely to have a direct effect on your life.
But that’s just me…