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Quote of the Day - I never vote for anyone; I always vote against. - W.C. Fields
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Can You Endorse A Hanging Chad?

Go ahead if you dare.

Open your mailbox. I opened mine today, and voter mailings poured out.

Literally. My mailbox was overflowing. But you already knew that. Yours is too.

Now for the real news. Drum roll, please. You may already know this, but I didn't, and neither did a bunch of my friends.

Candidates can buy endorsements from various groups. That's right. Cold, hard cash.

To the highest bidder. Candidates can get endorsements not on the merits of their positions or anything else, but instead by investing. Money, nothing else, ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $40,000 and up, just for a local, county election.

At the same time, the endorsing entity usually does not disclose that it received money to make the endorsement. You and I believe that the endorsement really means something. That someone actually interviewed a candidate and made a decision for one candidate over the other.

And, we fall for it. We vote, sometimes based on the endorsement. That's not to say that all endorsement are based on money. Some are based on merit. But not all are. Be careful out there.

Vote based on the candidate, not the endorsements.

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