I feel like I’m a more informed voter here in Oregon than I ever was in Indiana. In part, this is because the local newspapers keep a raucous and entertaining record of the chicanery of the candidates. It’s also because we teach a mock election at our junior high every year and I have to figure out how to explain complicated ballot measures to 7th and 8th graders with learning disabilities.
The nicest part of voting in Oregon is the mail-in ballot. You can sit in the comfort of your own home and research each candidate and measure as you vote with no hurry. It makes me feel like my vote really matters and for one brief moment I belief again that American democracy works.