This is a good question. I think that being an informed voter takes on a different meaning depending upon who is saying it. Many people mean that they favor a candidate and you should too while others actually mean that the listener should thoroughly investigate ALL candidates views and records. I prefer the latter.
I must tell you: It seems to me that politicians and their handlers work very hard to keep voters uninformed. Right, left, or center, they only have so much room for movement. It's all capitalism, after all!
If you're interested, I wrote a hub about this very subject: the possibility of being an "informed" voter in the United States.
http://wingedcentaur.hubpages.com/hub/S … -Vote-Test
An "Informed Voter" is one who is not brainwashed by the Corporate Party media.
Here's one local Ohio reporter who has been brave enough to report on lies the Corporate Party media seems to have become expert at covering up.
If you look at the crimes of both candidates, you'll see that America is in dire straits if either one is elected.
Obama has his kill list including American citizens:
Obama could've restored Habeas Corpus on the first day, but hasn't.
And now it's a felony to protest what the government is doing (HR 347).
You need to be informed about these and hundreds of other signs of creeping tyranny invading our nation from within. Corporate lobbyists have bought off the presidency and most of Congress. We no longer live in a democratic republic, but a corporate hegemony.
In fact, you'll find several examples on YouTube of evidence of election machine fraud and tampering, making it questionable whether or not America can even have an honest election any more. With what happened in the presidential conventions, voting may well be dead.
And soon, with all of the attempts to censor the Internet (SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, TPP and others), we may not have much longer to be informed.
The Corporate Party goons are smooth, though. If protest gets too big, they smoothly back off, skulking into the dark shadows until the next opportunity.
Hitler would be envious.
In my mind an informed voter is someone who can admit when their candidate is wrong, and when the opposing candidate is right. They don't necessarily need to be undecided, but if they can see the points of the other side, and the faults in their own, then they are open minded enough to accept that information. Someone asked a question on here recently about whether or not you could debate from the opposing viewpoint. In other words, if you're a democrat, debate as if you were are a republican, and it would give you an idea of how well you know the other side. I think that's a very good way to gauge how informed you are.
Being an “informed” voter, to me, means: not taking these weasely politicians for face value.
Being an “informed” voter means: being proactive, asking questions, researching platforms to see if their views match with what you find important.
Being an “informed” voter means: digging deep and cross-referencing and not assuming that just because someone is “smart,” they're telling you the right things to do.
My fiance always says, “You won't get to the truth in politics.” Politicians will always tell you what they want you to hear, flip-flop to get the win, and once they get the win, do none of what they promised. We see this all the time.
The last I checked the U.S. was a democratic society – operating under one person, one vote, so we have more control over who gets in than what we're led to believe. We need to start caring! We need to start taking some control over our lives and being more passionate over our futures!
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