My grammar is far from perfect, but I am not running for office. This week in the state of Maine we have an open primary election. Our current Governor has served two terms and is done. Leaving the field wide open. We have four democrats and a seven republicans running for office. The primary vote is Tuesday.
I am a registered independent, and I try to keep my political feelings private. I worry about the credibility of my work if viewers knew which side of an issue I was on. The majority of my newsroom feels the same way. Many of us don’t even know each others political positions.
My girlfriend is a (proud) registered democrat. She is looking forward to voting on Tuesday, and she considers herself to be an informed voter. On this rainy Sunday, she has settled in to do her research on each candidate. To her surprise, she discovered typos on each of the candidates websites.
As politicians your websites are going to be filled with jargon on why you’re the best and why your plans are great, but how can we trust you to fix our state if you either don’t proofread your own stuff or at least have someone else look over it?
Most of the errors are small and could be considered nit-picking. The one that stand out is from Libby Mitchell, her site says “people came to Maine because of its tree, fish, rivers, fertile land, and beautiful landscapes.”
It’s not a big deal, but we are “The Pine Tree State.”
Here is a small one from Pat McGowan’s site:
“Jill and Jolene McGowan own and operate successful women’s clothing design and manufacturing business in southern Maine with national and international clientele.”
It could be argued that this one is fine. In my house we felt two ways about it. My girlfriend felt the word “business” need to be plural, and I felt that there needed to be an “a” before the word successful. Neither of us know if there is more than one business.
I have met every single candidate and they are all lovely people. Each one is passionate about Maine and has a plan for Maine’s future, but right or wrong minor mistakes like these can make or break how a voter is going to vote.
If I, a grad student, can be worried about each word on my blog, then as the leaders of our state you can find the time to fix this issue (obviously before you tackle the big ones).