This past election has disillusioned me to that idea.I think it's more a matter of staying visible, and not for the wrong reasons. Voters don't necessarily care enough to keep up with what gets accomplished during a representative's term - they're more about name recognition and not having scandals making them look bad for voting for that person...
Overall, I think you're right but becoming educated about their representative's record should be the responsibility of the voter and the representative shouldn't have a "limit" placed on them "just because" of the voter's ignorance.TomB said:Voters don't necessarily care enough to keep up with what gets accomplished during a representative's term - they're more about name recognition and not having scandals making them look bad for voting for that person
I think this gets to the heart of the issue. I suffer from the same apathy regarding the "down-ticket" races. Ironically, those are the ones that should matter more to the voters, because the further down the position is the more direct its impact on your day-to-day life. But most people get into the habit of voting once every four years and counting their civic duty completed (I fall in that category, unfortunately, and also do not educate myself about the non-presidential candidates).I didn't care about the Representative race; it just wasn't a big deal to me.
Ohio does primaries differently, it seems. Each primary when you go to the polls you get to pick which party you intend to vote in the primary for. It seems backwards but it ultimately makes a lot more sense than registering one time for a party and being stuck with it for all eternity.So, if you are like me and refuse to register for any of the self-serving political parties (all of them), you don't get to impact the elections.