I’m a responsible, civic-minded kinda guy; I don’t shirk jury duty, pay my taxes on time, and have voted in every election I could since 1986. And I try to vote responsibly - I do some reseach, read what the candidates have to say, look up postions and policies. For the major offices - Prez, Congress, Guv, even state Attorney General - this is not hard, and I usually know who I’m going to vote for before I stick the little plastic card thingie in the voting machine.
But how in Og’s name do I know who’s the right choice for Water Commissioner? Or Probate Court judge? Or county Tax Commissioner? All of these are very important jobs, but even assuming I could find out about the candidates’ records, how competent am I to judge what qualities will make a good Superior Court judge?
I usually end up voting by party, by Creative Loafing’s endorsement - thus substituting someone else"s judgment for my own - or not voting at all. None of which options seems very good to me.
So how do you politics junkies decide on the smaller races?