After careful consideration, I have decided to become a low information voter.
Why? Trying to be a high information voter does not pay. Keeping track of all those troubling facts and figures, trying to actual figure out where my convictions actually fit with the candidates (if at all), and - worst of all - figuring out a way to convey that in the general population is, quite frankly, tiring. And depressing.
Much better to be someone that simply makes their mind up and then refuses to pay attention. No need to review facts or figures or reasoned arguments - I have decided who I am voting for and for goodness sake, I am surely not going to change that.
Imagine the millions of dollars (well, tens of dollars in my case as I am pretty media free) that we could save our political system by no longer needing to be pandered to propaganda and campaign ads. Move to the next person, thank you very much: no need to waste your valuable time or money on me.
I have already made my mind up.
Maybe I will try to become a higher information voter for local elections, as those I might actually care about. Maybe.
But honestly, can we not all agree that actual reasoned voting is just too difficult for the average American voter? So many act as high information voters (highly educated in many cases) but when, presented with evidence to the contrary on the candidate or policy of their choice, simply turn their heads aside and follow the great glowing light.
Perhaps we have simply reached the point where the responsibility of a republic of responsible people is simply beyond us.