Question 2 - the Open Space and Recreation Development Bond - will set aside $2.5 million (over the next five years) to protect natural spaces, farms, and state parks from developers. For every $1 set aside by the state, RI will recieve $3-$4 in matching funds from the federal gov't, foundations, and rich people. The bond will generate $10 million to preserve Rhode Island's environment. If you are a fan of local agriculture, this bond is critical to its survival.
The bond must pass or these important preservation programs will end in Rhode Island. OVER. NADA. NOTHING. DONE. At least for another few years.
So, if the bond passes, the state only has to set aside $500,000 per year to save farms, open space, watersheds, shorelines, state parks. If the bond does not pass, no money will be set aside to protect RI farmers or to preserve our state's natural resources, and we get NONE of the matching funds from Washington.
---------------------------------------------- Election 2008 Voting Information
Today, November 4th, is Election Day! Remember to vote—not just for Barack Obama, but for Congressional, state, and local candidates as well. Where and when do I vote?
Find your polling place, voting times, and other important information by checking out these sites and the hotline below. These resources are good, but not perfect. To be doubly sure, you can also contact your local elections office.
* Obama's VoteForChange site: voteforchange.com * League of Women Voters' site: vote411.org/pollfinder.php * Obama's voter hotline: 877-US4-OBAMA (877-874-6226)
What should I do before I go?
* After you've entered your address on either Vote For Change or Vote411, read the voting instructions and special rules for your state. * Voting ID laws vary from state to state, but if you have ID, bring it. * Check out all the voting myths and misinformation to look out for: http://truth.voteforchange.com/
What if something goes wrong?
* Not on the voter list? Make sure you're at the right polling place, then demand a provisional ballot. * If you're voting on an electronic machine with a paper record, verify that the record is accurate. * Need legal help? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. * Try to get video of the problem and submit it to VideoTheVote.org
Want to do more?
* Text all of your friends: "Vote Obama today! Pass it on!" * Make calls from home for Obama.