Voting in the 2020 Primaries

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no, it’s….

SUPER TUESDAY!

Super Tuesday

As the 2020 presidential elections rapidly approach, we all find ourselves doing the same things: (listed in order of importance… duh)

  1. Striving to become TikTok stars
  2. Wondering what type of campaign Putin, Zuckerberg, and Trump will cook up this year and how social media will lead us astray from our best interests
  3. Pondering when Drake will release his next album

Oh yeah and…

      4. Trying to come up with logical strategies to pump-fake the somewhat imminent Coronavirus (…because if you’re anything like me, you’d feel more comfortable with a Q-tip in charge of the budding crisis, rather than Pence.)

In an effort to try and make things easier to understand (with the hopes that we all will get out there and support this democracy by voicing our opinions through our ballots), the below is my attempt at trying to breakdown everything about SUPER TUESDAY, why you should vote, and specifically HOW you should vote. 

Let’s begin. 

When is Super Tuesday?

March 3, 2020

Where to Vote?

3 ways:

  1. Vote early by Mail
  2. Vote Early In-Person
  3. Vote on Election Day

Click here for more information on where to vote and how.  (The link comes from Ammar’s website. I talk about him later in the article).

What is Super Tuesday?

Well my friend, buckle up. Because that is quite the loaded question.

Allow me to explain…

What is Super Tuesday?

Super Tuesday is the yoked-out Tuesday in a presidential election year when the largest number of states and territories hold primary elections to help determine who each party’s preferred presidential candidate is. And if you are scratching your head about that, don’t worry, I’ll break it down further. (The way our government is run and the general layout of our political system is rather complex but I have confidence in your desire and drive to understand it. Baby steps and remember, no one knows everything.)

Here’s what this means: Because the U.S. largely works off of a two-party system comprised of the Democrats and Republicans, that means that a large number of candidates who want to be the POTUS (president of the United States) run as either a Democrat or Republican. So, if there are, say, 6 people all campaigning to be the Democratic choice for president, then generally all of the voters who are registered as Democrats will collectively decide who, of those 6 people, they’d like to see as the elected candidate to take on the opposition’s elected candidate. (**Sometimes these primaries aren’t just limited to those registered within that same party… this is called an “open primary.” But don’t think about that right now because that’s not the case this year)

Think of it like the NBA: Super Tuesday is the big game before the Conference finals. All of the primaries (and debates) leading up to the Conference finals are like the NBA games… but instead of having refs largely determine the outcome, we have ourselves. We determine who “wins” through caucuses (don’t ask what those are…I’m trying to keep this article concise) or through submitting ballots (either in person or online) that indicate who we want to see in the finals. Although there are many games (primaries) preceding the conference finals (and, in the case of the election process, there are some primaries after), the game that ultimately decides who is going into the finals is during round two, Super Tuesday, when the largest number of states with the most impact cast their votes. For all intents and purposes, Super Tuesday determines the outcome of round two. And the Democratic National Convention is the Western finals, while the Republican National Convention is the Eastern Finals. And whoever wins each of those respective conference finals, then goes on to the championships to compete against each other – AKA the General Election, where the winner determines the president. 

Now, where things can get complicated in the election process is if there isn’t one clear “winner” before the conference finals. This is what we might call a “brokered” or “contested” convention and this is when the political party fails to select a clear-cut nominee. Maybe we are all split and half of us thought the Portland Trail Blazers were the better team to be in the finals and the other half thought that the Golden State Warriors should be in the finals? They are tied 2-2. What then? Well, then it’s up to superdelegates to decide. 

What are Delegates and Superdelegates?

In order to understand what superdelegates are, we must know what delegates are… And in order to understand what delegates are, we have to take a few steps back and complicate this NBA analogy a little bit more. 

What are Delegates? 

“A delegate is a person selected to represent a group of people in some political assembly in the United States.”1 

You know how on the show “Family Feud,” all of the family members huddle up and discuss their answers and then only one (the elected family member) ends up shouting out, “Steve, we’d like to choose {insert some mind-numbingly ridiculous answer that shouldn’t be on the board, but it is anyway}” and then Steve takes 2-4 minutes to mock the family, questioning the intelligence of the selection? Well, the elected family member is the delegate. Probably could have chosen a better example, but you get the idea. 

Each state in the U.S. has a number of delegates (or people we’ve chosen to represent our voting desires) and the number of delegates that each state has is largely representative of how many people reside in that state. (You can see a breakdown of how many delegates there are in each state here). For example, California and Texas are the two most populous states in the U.S., therefore, they have the most delegates. More people = more delegates. 

So delegates are people that we elect to represent the will of the us, the voters. You can think of it like an appointee who we are putting trust in to “vote” in alignment with our desires. Let’s bring it back to the NBA. The general public votes for who we want to see in the finals. We all write down (or verbalize, in the sense of a caucus) who it is: either the Blazers or Golden State. Then, the delegates that we’ve elected, take all of our votes, bring them to the NBA directors (the national party committee) and say, “Hey, on behalf of everyone in my region, I’m casting the vote for the Blazers to move forward into the finals.” 

That’s basically it. I’m glossing over things and making them much more simplified, but you get the idea. 

Now, back to the whole, “we are divided in who we think should go to the finals: Blaze-show or GSwag?”—thing. 

If the outcome of Super Tuesday, and all of our votes, is unclear, meaning there isn’t a clear frontrunner to represent the party in the championships? Then, the people who decide the “tie-breaker” will be the “superdelegates.” 

What are superdelegates?

Superdelegates are basically the party insiders, big kahuna’s, and V.I.P.s of the party. They aren’t required to pledge support to any particular candidate and they ultimately choose whoever they want.

These people can be Democratic: 

  • Governors
  • Party leaders (like former presidents and VP’s)
  • Members of congress and the DNC itself

Without getting too much into the controversy surrounding delegates (and electorates), due to the hoopla surrounding the 2016 elections, the Democratic Party officials listened, and agreed, to change the rules, in support of the people. So, as of 2020, superdelegates are effectively barred from the first ballot, meaning they are only able to vote if there is a contested or brokered convention. 

PHEW. You still with me? 

In NBA terms? – Some of us think the Blazers should go to the championship. Some of us think Golden State should go to the championship. So we have called in some basketball pundits and hall of famers to cast their votes, ultimately, tipping the scales and deciding who will move forward. 

In Super Tuesday terms? – Some of us think Bernie should be the democratic nominee. Some of us think Bloomberg should be the democratic nominee. Some of us think Biden, Warren, Buttigieg, or Klobuchar should be the dem nominee. So if the outcome of Super Tuesday is as mixed as it appears to be, then it will be a contested convention… and the superdelegates will cast their votes, thereby tipping the scales and deciding who the official democratic nominee will be moving forward to the general elections… 

And after the decision is made, that chosen person will face off against the tiny-orange-handed Voldemort. 

What About all of the Other Things on the Ballot?

Voting in the 2020 Primaries

Good question. The ballots during the primaries, can also have a list of ballot measures (state, county, and district) and a number of positions within the county, state, and judicial offices, needing to be filled. 

Unfortunately, I don’t have time to break this all down in depth, but it’s generally the same concept as above. We all vote for the people we want to represent us in the finals… However, the only difference is that each of the ballot measures, those are final. They don’t roll-over to the next match. This is the finals for those. 

So, to make things easier for everyone, I’ve created a quick, “cheat-sheet” guide for you to follow if you have no idea who or what to vote for. 

And here it is… (Starting with SD county and ending with OC)

CALIFORNIA PRIMARIES

Who and What to Vote for in the Primaries: Exact Ballot Measures and Selections

SAN DIEGO

President: Your choice my friend (article coming soon explaining my views on the candidates). 

County Committee: These are the people who are in charge of the “Democratic” committee in your county. Your guess is about as good as mine. I haven’t researched them as much as I’ve researched the ballot measures and the other candidates. (Don’t stress over this and if all else fails, and you feel your committee has done a great job so far, feel free to stick with the “incumbents.”

U.S Representative 50th District:

AMMAR CAMPA-NAJJAR

Ammar Campa-Najjar

*Model looks aside, this dude is pretty righteous (I wrote about him in the 2018 midterms… and he lost by a teeny, tiny 4%…. To a guy “Duncan Hunter” who wound up doing some corrupt things and because of those corrupt things (misappropriation of campaign funds… including spending money on many things involving allegedly many women… OTHER than his wife… but she admitted to spending campaign funds too, so she’s not impervious) – he pleaded guilty and had to resign…. But that’s great because now, IF EVERYONE VOTES, we can have Ammar.

Member of the State Assembly 75th District:

KAREN KATE SCHWARTZ

Judge of the Superior Court:

Office No. 18 — ROBERTA WINSTON

Office No. 22 — ALANA WONG ROBINSON

Office No. 30 — TIM NADER

Office No. 36 — SHAWN A. MCMILLAN

PROP 13

YES

COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, MEASURE A

YES

COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, MEASURE B

NO

ORANGE COUNTY

President: Your choice my friend (article coming soon explaining my views on the candidates). 

County Committee: These are the people who are in charge of the “Democratic” committee in your county. Your guess is about as good as mine. I haven’t researched them as much as I’ve researched the ballot measures and the other candidates. (Don’t stress over this and if all else fails, and you feel your committee has done a great job so far, feel free to stick with the “incumbents.”

US Representative 48th District:

HARLEY ROUDA

Harley Rouda

State Senator 37th District:

KATRINA FOLEY or DAVE MIN

I’m torn between these two so it’s your choice. Check below for a quick breakdown of who they are and who supports them so you can better make a decision.

Dave Min

Currently: UC Irvine law professor
Age: Unavailable
Campaign fundraising: $504,576 (reporting period from Jan. 1, 2019, to Jan. 18, 2020)
Endorsements include: Reps. Ted Lieu, Gil Cisneros, Pete Aguilar, Judy Chu, Alan Lowenthal and Scott Peters; California Controller Betty Yee; California Federation of Teachers; California Teachers Assn.; California League of Conservation Voters; Korean American Democratic Committee; Asian Americans in Action; Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Min is again throwing his hat in the political ring after losing a bid for Congress in 2018. Previously, he served as policy director at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank, and as a congressional advisor. A resident of Irvine, he attended Harvard Law School.

Katrina Foley

Currently: Mayor of Costa Mesa and consumer attorney
Age: 52
Campaign fundraising: $431,547 (reporting period from Jan. 1, 2019, to Jan. 18, 2020)
Endorsements include: Rep. Harley Rouda; Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris; Costa Mesa City Council members John Stephens, Arlis Reynolds, Manuel Chavez and Andrea Marr; Huntington Beach City Councilwomen Jill Hardy and Kim Carr; Laguna Beach City Council members Toni Iseman, Peter Blake and Sue Kempf; California Labor Federation; Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach police officers associations; Newport Beach and Huntington Beach firefighters associations

Before becoming Costa Mesa’s first directly elected mayor in 2018, Foley was a councilwoman for a decade over two stints and a member of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of trustees for four years. Foley also is the founder and president of the Foley Group PLC, an employment law firm based in Newport Beach.

Member of the State Assembly 74th District:

COTTIE PETRIE-NORRIS

PROP 13

YES

COUNTY OF ORANGE, MEASURE A

NO

To abstain from politics is to abstain from all of it…

Your rights. Your representation. Your freedom. Your nation.”

Marchesa Schroeder

Remember:

The truth is, we all want the same things:

To treat ourselves, each other, and the world well… We are all human beings.

To have each other’s backs and to look out for one another..

To vigilantly demand facts and condemn anything other.

To make sure everyone receives the healthcare they need,

Because healthcare should not be a money making scheme

**If you live in a different state or county and have questions or want help in deciding who or what to vote for, feel free to send me a message and I’ll throw up an article or give you a quick breakdown! **

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