A month before election day, the mail-in ballot arrives. This long lead time rightfully suggests that voting will require weeks of research work. If I were in a voting booth, the whole ticket would appear at once with its many pages of candidates, propositions, and measures–as if every citizen is prepared to sort through the lists of unknown judges or candidates for offices that somehow were never clearly explained in my non-existent high school Civics class. Commissioners, Supervisors, and—Equalizers? Terminators? What arcane bureaucratic universe are we in? I know I should know, but I don’t have a grasp on the hierarchy of city officials and posts. I realize I am largely clueless about the structure of my own government beyond the few high offices that get media attention. Labyrinth level number one.