Low information elections and the power of social media
May 8, 2012 Leave a comment
So, even Political Science professors don’t really know who to vote for in a primary for Commissioner of Agriculture or Commissioner of Labor. Thanks to my great success getting advice on judges in “non-partisan” elections last year, I went to FB for some advice on today’s Democratic primary. Truth is, I know that when it comes to NC Democratic politics, I have a network of very involved, very knowledgeable FB friends. I ended up with excellent advice from people in the know that made me feel very good about my choices. Sometimes knowledge means knowing when to turn to other people and I think low information elections are a great example of this. I haven’t seen any of my other FB friends do this, but it sure works great for me.
On a quasi-related note, when the Greene family voted around 7:15 tonight, I was voter 470. That’s excellent for our precinct (I always like to go between 7:00 and the poll closing at 7:30 to see how we’re doing). One time a few years back in a run-off for a Cary Town Council race, Kim and I were voters 12 and 13 at 7:20pm. I don’t think I’ll ever see worse turnout that that.