Why the most informed voters are often the most badly misled

Why the most informed voters are often the most badly misled

The case for Hillary Clinton’s proposal to make voter registration automatic is simple: it will make it easier for people to vote.

The case against Hillary Clinton’s proposal to make voter registration automatic is also simple: it will make it easier for people to vote.

If that sounds a bit odd to you, then read Daniel Foster’s argument against Clinton’s idea, which lays the objection bare: “the people who can’t be bothered to register (as opposed to those who refuse to vote as a means of protest) are, except in unusual cases, civic idiots.” And who wants civic idiots choosing our next president?

For a rejoinder, read Slate’s Jamelle Bouie, who writes, “You get better at voting the more often you do it. Relatively uninformed voters in one election might become highly informed voters a few cycles later. More participation could make us a more engaged country.”

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