woman wearing a gown with sporks attached to itThere are too few sporks in life, but you have to have some sense of proportion. While this looks cool, it was probably a total pain to deal with.

“Poly”: many. “Ticks”: bloodsucking arachnids. That’s what I thought while I was filling out my early ballot on Saturday. Also, some people planted signs at a nearby intersection that say, “Open Our Borders: Elect $CANDIDATE!” Since no candidate for office here actually advocates an open-border policy, I am forced to think that these signs were planted by the opponents of $CANDIDATE. There is a significant fraction of people here in Arizona who would like to summarily execute any illegal immigrants found here (or at least that’s what they say) and would totally not vote for any candidate expressing any sympathy towards illegal immigrants. I wonder if there’s a name for that strategy. Astroturfing doesn’t quite fit.

The ballot has a huge section for each judge in the superior court and about 10 other judges. For each judge, voters are asked, “Should this judge be retained or not?” With over 50 judges to consider, most of which I’ve never heard of, I don’t know how anyone at a polling place could make a good decision on each judge. I have a PDF reviewing each judge’s performance, and it’s going to be a long and tedious slog through it to figure out how I should vote. Sigh.