I overheard a conversation at work just now, and learned quite a lot. Of course, it is anecdotal.
Keep in mind, I work at broadway.com, it leans way left. Some people were discussing voting. Some had voted for the very first time in a non-presidential race. Like WTF. This is why shit got bad! You fools! Did your mom not take you to the voting booth and show you how voting is important?
Then they started talking about how they didn’t know how many judges to pick (the instructions are on the ballot, you pick six). So they clearly didn’t read the ballot.
Then they talked about how they didn’t know how to vote on the questions. They just picked stuff without thinking too much about it. These are people who have very strong beliefs. If you ask them about the actual issues, they can definitely give you straight answers. Again, they lean way left. They just do not know, and did not put enough research into figuring out, which choice on the ballot matches their strongly held beliefs.
I get the feeling like the people on the right do not have this problem. Judging by all their lawn signs saying vote no, they definitely know which choice they are making before they go in.
I think a lot of this stems from this feeling that we don’t want to tell other people how to vote. Especially at work, I’m not going to tell people how to vote, though I did explain the ballot questions to them.
I see this in public as well. Lots of people, self included, are always telling people to vote. Not enough telling people how to vote. From now on I’m just going to tell people how to vote how I would like them to, except probably still not at work where it is inappropriate.