Vote

Vote Like the Planet Depends On It–Because It Does

Picture of a mail ballot with a blue mask in the right corner.

I’ve never been so happy to see a voting ballot. #LetsDoThis #BidenHarris #DumpTrump

Why vote?

This election needs you whether you’re an aloof revolutionary who has no time for electoral politics because real change comes from the streets, or a defeated cynic who doesn’t bother with the ballot box because all politicians are corrupt. No matter where you land on the spectrum, your vote–against fascism, corporatism and Trump–is crucial.  We are facing what is now being called a climate collapse. Trump has been undoing environmental safeguards when the fires are spreading faster and the rains are falling harder. Now is the time for sweeping changes with the planet, racial equity, human rights and more. The democratic party and its current leadership are by no means perfect but right now they are our best bet. We need a united front to get this done.

Why this guide?

Of course, there’s a lot more on the ballot than just the presidents and it’s hard to understand it all. Friends and family who are too busy to figure it out have asked me for my endorsements. I’ve listed them below, with links to voting guides to find out more information. The last time I did this a colleague accused me of undermining democracy by telling others to vote like me. He is not a parent of young kids who is working full time and trying to be a responsible citizen–and neither am I. But most of my friends who have asked are and I’m honored they trust my judgment. I share my two cents here and encourage others to do the same. And a special shout out to my friend Jessica Lawless, who walked through every measure with me to make sure we had done our due diligence. 

Vote with Heart

  • President: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
  • U.S. Representative: Grace F. Napolitano
  • District Attorney: George Gascon
  • Judge of the Superior Court Office No. 72: Myanna Dellinger
  • Judge of the Superior Court Office No. 80: Klint James McKay
  • Judge of the Superior Court Office No. 162: David D. Diamond
  • Measure J: Yes
  • Measure 14: No
  • Measure 15: Yes
  • Measure 16: Yes
  • Measure 17: Yes
  • Measure 18: Yes
  • Measure 19: No
  • Measure 20: No
  • Measure 21: Yes
  • Measure 22: No
  • Measure 23: Yes
  • Measure 24: No
  • Measure 25: No

Voting Guides

What to do with your ballot?

Getting your vote counted may actually be more difficult than ever. You can mail it via USPS mail, drop it off to an OFFICIAL L.A. county vote box, which are typically near a library or city hall–beware of FAKE official boxes–or drop it off at your local polling station.

LAvote.net encourages you to, “Vote safe. Vote early. Vote by mail.” Visit WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to track your ballot.

Cheat Sheet for Nov. 6 Ballot

Screen Shot 2018-11-03 at 10.22.42 PM

Based on numerous requests from friends, I’m sharing my endorsements for the (tremendously long and difficult to understand) Nov. 6 election here, see below. Next election, a very wise union organizer friend and I will give you a summary of our thinking but I have too much on my plate to do so now, which is why this is a “cheat sheet” not a thorough endorsement with explanations.

(more…)