Does higher voter turnout equal less informed voters?

Our local newspaper summed up something we have known for a long time over in DaColaLand. The more people that show up to the polls, the less likely an informed decision will be made.

I’m still scratching my head about the 34 year old who has NEVER voted before until the Events Center issue was on the ballot. Are you living under a freaking rock?! I’m sure most of these people don’t even understand that it was an advisory vote either.

“Voting on things that affect government, taxes and public services? Meh. Better entertainment for my community? I better get registered!”

Time to make another vodka tonic.


#1 Scott on 01.01.12 at 6:48 pm

i laughed at the guy from Dallas who thinks the only thing that separates our two cities is this money pit.

#2 Detroit Lewis on 01.01.12 at 6:54 pm

I was a little, no, very disappointed that Ellis and Luther busted their asses doing the research on voter breakdown, and then turned around and didn’t bother interviewing an experienced voter. Once again, the AL editors covering their tracks on one of the biggest boondoggles in SF since Lewis and Clark.

#3 Scott on 01.01.12 at 6:59 pm

The overall conclusion doesn’t even make sense. I don’t have the article in front of me, but didn’t it say 4% of the voters were first-timers? They don’t know the breakdown of their votes. Even if it was 100% in favor of the EC (which is impossible) that still wasn’t the difference in hte vote total.

And can we please end the sucking up to BIN?

#4 Poly43 on 01.01.12 at 7:01 pm

Time to make another vodka tonic.

I hear ya pal. The argus makes it sound like a groundswell of grassroots voters led by the diminutive daughter of the mayor led the charge, ( Check out the argus photo of bin supporters), But in reality, the only reason they won is the blitzkreig of $$$ thrown to the media in the form of valley girls and justin bieber.

#5 Detroit Lewis on 01.01.12 at 7:05 pm

‘the blitzkreig of $$$’

Thank You. Also not mentioned in the article. I am still waiting for the final financials, which will be out soon. You think Huether spent money crushing Kermit, wait to hear about this kitty.

#6 cornholio on 01.01.12 at 7:45 pm

Story points out that the average age of first-time voters was 39, including one woman who was 94! A voting virgin at 94?!? What was it about the EC, after all these years of disinterest, that compelled her to register and to vote? That’s the voter the Argus should have talked to, just to prove if she was actually coherent and/or alive!

#7 Poly43 on 01.01.12 at 7:46 pm

Here kitty$$$ kitty$$$ kitty$$$.

#8 cr on 01.01.12 at 7:50 pm

I wonder how many of these NEW voters will show up at the polls in April.

#9 Scott on 01.01.12 at 8:17 pm

Or how many of these NEW voters will show up for the first Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band concert.

#10 l3wis on 01.02.12 at 4:10 am

CR – I kinda wonder the same thing. I am still baffled that an events center would get someone to register to vote. Forget about the first black man for president or an outsider for mayor.

#11 Charlie on 01.02.12 at 9:02 am

I’ve proudly proclaimed my no vote to others who voted yes and no one has criticized me for it. The yes voters are the same people who are going to re-elect Mike Huether ;-(

#12 hmr59 on 01.02.12 at 9:57 am

Jeebus, people, this ain’t American Idol or DWTS!! Would it be too much to ask that you have even a small clue before you walk into a polling place???

Perhaps we should institute a small quiz before allowing voters to register: name the president, the state’s representation to Congress, your district’s legislators, the mayor and your district’s city councilor. Sure, that sounds like something from the “Jim Crow” South, but, honestly, if you can’t name those people, you shouldn’t be voting anyway…

#13 l3wis on 01.02.12 at 10:31 pm

I had a great convo with a couple from Manitoba on NY’s eve when I was waiting on them about elections and the uninformed public. I suggested an IQ test before you could vote. They laughed.

#14 Alice15 on 01.03.12 at 8:58 am

hmr – you could probably stop at President and the state’s representation to congress and I guarantee you will have lost at least half of them. Especially if they have never voted before.

#15 tdb on 01.03.12 at 9:38 am

Include a common sense portion in that IQ test, and all of a sudden we may be able to accomplish something in this country.

#16 Pathloss on 01.03.12 at 11:11 am

The EC passed because Litz (instead of Owen) counted the ballots. Always remember, we live in tyranny with a dictator mayor and a puppet council. Huether drove the blue pickup around picking up somali’s offering free mush if they’d vote for the EC.

Heil Huether

#17 l3wis on 01.03.12 at 11:32 am

All kidding aside, it does make you wonder if they went to the poorer neighborhoods and tried to get them registered to vote for it. Doubtful. From all the things Knuth said it looks like they focused on the South and nicer neighborhoods because they new the poor and elderly would never vote for it anyway. And it worked.

#18 Scott on 01.03.12 at 1:00 pm

The terrible Ellerbroek commercial was the plea to the poor. They do nothing but watch tv, right? 🙂

#19 l3wis on 01.03.12 at 4:50 pm

I don’t think you are poor 🙂

#20 Scott on 01.03.12 at 5:57 pm


#21 l3wis on 01.03.12 at 11:12 pm

Sorry, I should have mentioned you also blog about TV on top of watching it.

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