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I was flipping through the voter's pamphlet for my area this morning to get some sort of a feel for the positions and ballot measures I'll be called upon to vote for, aside from the very obvious presidential election.
By my rough count, I have 16 offices to vote for (not including the President/Vice President), 5 state-wide ballot measures and 4 city/county wide measures.
Making Democracy harder, ladies and gentlemen.
I'd never even HEARD of half of these positions. Why on earth do we elect an Insurance Commissioner, for heaven's sake? What do they do?
No wonder young voter turnout is low. They take one look at a pamphlet like this and run like hell.
Why on earth do we elect an Insurance Commissioner, for heaven's sake? What do they do
In NJ they go on the radio and avoid questions about why our insurance rates are disgustingly high. Supposedly they are responsible for insurance reforms and regulation, but here we have no proof of actual work.
Hmmm. Duly noted. Public apologist.
2004-11-02 09:56 am (UTC)
Washington State Insurance Commissioner
The Insurance Commissioner is responsible for enforcing regulations on all insurance providers in the state. The Commissioner you elect will determine whether the office is more likely to side with providers or customers in the event of litigation, or when deciding the nature of the regulation itself. Incidently, in Washington, insurance companies pay for their own regulation, not the taxpayers at large. Of course, if you pay for insurance, you are paying for the cost of the regulation in part, so you have some stake in determining whether that regulation is going to favor you or the insurance company. The office divides its time between prosecuting cases of fraud (both fraudulent claims and fraudulent plans) and monitoring companies' compliance with regulations.
Makes me think of shareholder reports/ballots. Each issue on them will typically have "Board of directors recommends:" next to each issue. Wonder how dangerous it would be to have "Republican Party recommends:" on a ballot, I'm thinking extremely.
Completely agree. I got so caught up thinking about the presidential elections that I'd failed to remember that there'd be Senate, House, and state/county reps on the ballot too, and am having to dig up last minute information on those.