Comment 67128

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted July 31, 2011 at 17:50:12 in reply to Comment 67123

The trick is forming a critical mass of above average, educated and engaged citizens to meet these kinds of challenges head-on.

Right now, of the 40% of eligible voters that exercise their franchise, you could (in a fantasy world) count on about 20% of these to be 'active' throughout the year on any given issue. (In other words, not part of the 60% who cast their votes on the basis of 'name recognition' or somesuch other nonsense. LOL) This means that at best, less than 10% of eligible voters are 'active'. This is of course much less of a slice of the overall population pie, so a very, very small group of people are weighing in on a regular basis on behalf of everyone.

I wonder how the average person feels about this. That when it comes down to it, there's a possibility that this very, very small group of people are in fact 'putting out' for civic engagement. It's all on their shoulders.

(What's 'ideal'? A 90% voter turnout based on informed decisions, possible because people regard their own local governance as a responsibility and not some sort of act of begrudgement and are therefore playing an active role...so that maybe half the population are 'putting out' for the betterment of all.)

Comment edited by mystoneycreek on 2011-07-31 18:10:40

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