Being an informed voter can take a lot of time and research.
This yearâ??s ballot had nine state propositions and 21 charter amendments. It goes without surprise that some voters go to the voting booth without knowledge on whatâ??s on the ballot.
â??Well the first thing I did [when I got to the booth] was read through it a couple of times. There were things, propositions that I was not knowledgeable about. And if I couldnâ??t understand it, I would leave it,â?? said Jonna Gumfory, a voter in Amarillo.
Gumfory said that it was overwhelming to see all of the things on the ballot.
"It was not too bad. I just tried to determine what was best for the tax payers here,â?? said Janie, another voter.
There were some voters that had difficulty finding resources online to make sense of the things on the ballot.
â??I think thereâ??s simply too many propositions on there for somebody to understand and vote on in a short period of time. I donâ??t think there was enough education that went out about what the propositions were about and why they needed to be changed,â?? said Buck Clary, voter.
The League of Women Voters in Amarillo have worked to provide the necessary information for voters to make educated decisions. They have held information sessions every quarter and have also printed out voter guides that break down the propositions.
Rose Powell with the LWV said peopleâ??s busy schedules make it hard for them to research all of the issues. The voterâ??s guide works to condense all of the information.
â??We want everybody to get out and vote but we also got to have voters that we know what they want to vote for and what they want to vote against,â?? Powell said.