No more endorsements

Once upon a time, before absentee balloting became the preferred way for voters to express their candidate preferences, newspaper publishers and editors would spend considerable time and energy on offering ballot recommendations to their readers.

That tradition dates back to days long before the Internet, when most of the information gained by voters about those seeking pubic office would be found in printed media. The thinking behind making newspaper endorsements went something like, “We have been covering the campaigns and the issues, we have met in person with the candidates, and we’d like to offer our considered opinions as to who should be elected.” The endorsements typically were printed a week or so before Election Day.

That was then, this is now. The practice of good citizens waiting until Election Day to cast the ballots has changed. Now a majority of all ballots cast in San Diego County are done through the mail. Of ballots cast in the low-turnout June primary, 73 percent were by absentee. The November 2012 election saw 56 percent of the voting done by mail.

Absentee ballots are mailed 29 days before Election Day. For our endorsements to have any relevance, they would have to be printed four weeks before Election Day. That, in our opinion, is much too early. A lot can happen during those four weeks. Candidates can (and do) stumble.

Early endorsements might also open us up to allegations that coverage of an endorsed candidate might be “slanted” toward his or her election success. That would never happen here, but perception is seldom influenced by facts.

For these reasons, we have decided to no longer endorse candidates for political office. It is the end of a long tradition here, but one that needs to be ended.

We encourage our readers to do their own research on candidates running for office. Read us for profiles on local candidates and coverage of public candidate forums. Study our reports on how their campaigns are financed. Be skeptical of all campaign literature. Dig a little deeper. Be informed, and cast an intelligent ballot.

Related posts:

  1. 2 votes separate Hager, Boetcher for water district’s Division 5 board seat
  2. County starts mailing June Primary ballots
  3. County offers voters online tool before Nov. 4 election
  4. Registrar encourages voters to prepare
  5. Registrar to update candidate information through weekend

Short URL: http://www.ramonasentinel.com/?p=35292

Posted by Maureen Robertson on Aug 16 2014. Filed under Editorial. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

2 Comments for “No more endorsements”

  1. Tony_Teora

    My name is Tony Teora and I’m a candidate for California State Assembly here in district 71. I agree that folks should do their research. I am running for office because I discovered (as most folks have) that most of our politicians are financed by either special interests, the unions, corporations or just the wealthy. I don’t feel ‘We The People’ are truly getting represented in Sacramento. Our taxes go up, government grows, gets more intrusive into our lives and the middle class is getting destroyed (or what little of the middle class that is left). I’ve decided to run this campaign on my own funds. It is not easy, but at least I don’t have anyone pulling my strings to vote on this or that. I am running as a non-controlled, independent Republican. I have a web site at http://www.tonyteora.org and various YouTube videos for anyone to see at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCUALahDhQxhfKNa... The best endorsement I can get is earning the people’s vote in November for district 71. Please email me at tony@tonyteora.com if anyone has any questions on my platform. Thanks!

    Tony Teora for State Assembly District 71

  2. My name is Tony Teora and I’m a candidate for California State Assembly here in district 71. I agree that folks should do their research. I am running for office because I discovered (as most folks have) that most of our politicians are financed by either special interests, the unions, corporations or just the wealthy. I don’t feel ‘We The People’ are truly getting represented in Sacramento. Our taxes go up, government grows, gets more intrusive into our lives and the middle class is getting destroyed (or what little of the middle class that is left). I’ve decided to run this campaign on my own funds. It is not easy, but at least I don’t have anyone pulling my strings to vote on this or that. I am running as a non-controlled, independent Republican. I have a web site at http://www.tonyteora.org and various YouTube videos for anyone to see at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCUALahDhQxhfKNa... The best endorsement I can get is earning the people’s vote in November for district 71. Please email me at tony@tonyteora.com if anyone has any questions on my platform. Thanks._Tony Teora for State Assembly District 71_

Leave a Reply

Facebook

);