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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Uninformed voters?

There's been some (not a lot) of comment out there about whether uninformed voters "should" vote.

It seems to me that being informed or uninformed is an endogenous, not an exogenous, characteristic of voters. People who make a commitment to vote are more likely to make themselves invormed.

So my point of view is that we ought to encourage people, early in an electoral cycle, to commit to vote (promise a spouse or a close friend, or someone whose regard you value). Then we are likely to have more voters who are better informed.


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