Are Voters Really Informed?

By: John Tramontana
By: John Tramontana

There's plenty of attention being paid on the Governor's race and you've bound to hear a little bit about who's running for the United States Senate. But what about some of the other races.

"I think a larger number of people know more about what's on the ballot this year than ever before in mid-term elections," said Robert Lurie, a local social studies teacher.

We put that statement to the test by heading out to the Eastwood Towne Center in East Lansing with an Ingham County sample ballot.

Not too many people we talked to were familiar with who was running for the state Board of Education, or the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.

"I'm not fully aware of the small races going on," said Mitchell Gerich of East Lansing. "If I don't know what I'm voting for, I tend to vote along party lines."

Gerich wasn't alone. Some even admit to voting for people or offices they had never even heard of.

"Sure, that's happened over the years," Dawn Sharer said. "I just make a guess."

We did find one woman though who said she researches every race and is fully informed before she casts her ballot.

"I try to pull out some of the papers I've saved for the past couple weeks and do some heavy reading," said Mary Booth of East Lansing. "I review it in the morning and I do vote on them."

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