Friend and occasional guest blogger Bryce e-mailed me with a really interesting question tonight: If you were an academy member, would you vote for an Oscar category if you had not seen all of the nominated films/performances in that category?
My first instinct was to answer no. Of course not. How could I vote on something if I hadn’t educated myself on all the nominations?
But then I realized that I do that every 4 years on a vote that is WAY more important than the Academy Awards.
Every 4 years, I go to the polling booth and cast my vote not just for a president, but also for Congress and the Senate and local offices and judges. And every 4 years I look at the ballot and realize that I hardly know anything about the candidates.
It would be easy if I was a democrat or a republican, but I don’t vote along party lines. So the best I can do once I have the ballot in front of me is to vote for congressmen and senators of the same party as my presidential pick.
This year I did a little better than usual–I did actually research the local city proposals, so I made an informed vote for them. But what is the moral thing to do with the rest of the categories? Is it better to vote uninformed or not vote at all?