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is, that voters who do not know the issues voting is a bad thing

Yes. Not knowing who or what you are voting for can be detrimental.

Local elections with lower turnouts are likely far more representative of the reality of the voting public than larger tiurnout elections, as I expect 'informed' voters are represented equally across the spectrum of the population ideologically.

Unfortunately even some of those who turnout for the local elections don't know the people or the issues. Our Planning Board, of which I sit on as ex-officio, recently sent out a survey to all households. We got about an 18% response. The top vote getter was controlling the tax rates. At our Deliberative session, we're lucky if 100 people show up. At the schools Deliberative session, which encompasses 4 towns, 50 is a high turnout. People pay more attention to the Town which makes up 17% of their property tax rate and almost no attention to the schools which makes up 68% of their property tax rate. Of course if taxes go up, they blame the Selectmen.

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