First, research the issues. Oh, I know you don’t want to, but if you don’t, you’ll just be confused when you’re actually marking your ballot. You’ll saying things to yourself like, “I don’t know why anyone would vote to KEEP a tax? Screw it.” And then, when you have to pay a toll to go over a road later, you’ll be pissed off at yourself because you’ll be one of the idiots who didn’t vote to keep the tax. (Unless you’d rather pay a toll). There are a lot of examples like this (and this is just an example, I didn’t have to worry about a toll road myself this time). Some things seem simple, but they aren’t. And some things are phrased in ways that make them unclear. So research.
I got on the website for my state and found their election section, which made it easier to research than trying to read the voter’s pamphlet. I could go right to the sections that interested me. Hyperlinks are your friend! My advice is to focus on the sections called “Statements For” and “Statements Against.” These were very helpful. I could see both viewpoints and make my decision – usually very easy.
Most of the ballots in my state are mail-in, so when I was done, I stuck a stamp on it and dropped it in the mail box. That was it. The actual voting part was just lines on paper. You know – connect the arrows.
Now, I realize that SOME of you have to go to an actual voting booth. I’ve done this before. It sucks. Just remember, if you show up at a voting booth and some ass-hat asks you for your ID, you can’t always tell them to piss off. Check your state’s laws on voter registration first.