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Old 05-25-2009, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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How many voters will cast their ballot for a Democrat or Republican only because he or she has always voted that way in the past, knowing very little about each candidate's platform?

The reason I ask this is because about a month ago I went online to find out more about the Louisiana representatives and had an extremely difficult time even finding out WHO was running, much less what their top priorities are, etc. It makes me wonder if the majority of people are just voting on hearsay, media reports or what their friends and family say. There was a poll not to long ago in which people on the street were asked if they knew who the Secretary of State, Vice President, Speaker of the House, etc., were and if I remember correctly, less than HALF of the people questioned responded correctly!!!!!! I don't know about you, but that scares me!
I usually vote democratic but always find out what the candidates stand for first.If I prefer the other candidate,I will vote out of party.What they need to do for each election is have a bracket that states each candidates stance on all major points.
Death Penalty FOR AGAINST
Gay marriage FOR AGAINST



Either circled or checked off so you don't have to do alot of research.
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:04 AM
 
Location: NC
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How many voters will cast their ballot for a Democrat or Republican only because he or she has always voted that way in the past, knowing very little about each candidate's platform?

The reason I ask this is because about a month ago I went online to find out more about the Louisiana representatives and had an extremely difficult time even finding out WHO was running, much less what their top priorities are, etc. It makes me wonder if the majority of people are just voting on hearsay, media reports or what their friends and family say. There was a poll not to long ago in which people on the street were asked if they knew who the Secretary of State, Vice President, Speaker of the House, etc., were and if I remember correctly, less than HALF of the people questioned responded correctly!!!!!! I don't know about you, but that scares me!
I generally vote Democratic, but I have got down the general positions of all of my State, Federal, and Local representatives. Only ones that really still give me trouble are the judges. Especially if they have not held a judgeship before and have no record. Even so I try to see what kind of law they practiced and who is supporting them before I vote.
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:21 AM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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How many voters will cast their ballot for a Democrat or Republican only because he or she has always voted that way in the past, knowing very little about each candidate's platform?

The reason I ask this is because about a month ago I went online to find out more about the Louisiana representatives and had an extremely difficult time even finding out WHO was running, much less what their top priorities are, etc. It makes me wonder if the majority of people are just voting on hearsay, media reports or what their friends and family say. There was a poll not to long ago in which people on the street were asked if they knew who the Secretary of State, Vice President, Speaker of the House, etc., were and if I remember correctly, less than HALF of the people questioned responded correctly!!!!!! I don't know about you, but that scares me!
It frightens me too. If I don't know enough about the candidates or the issues, I don't vote.
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