There are five things that come to my mind when I think of citizens voting. Well, much more comes to mind, actually, though I’ll limit my thoughts here to five.
1. We should seek to be informed.
This does not mean that we obsess in the attempt to know everything about anything and everyone. It merely means that we don’t cease investigating, at least periodically, in order to have an increasingly informed opinion about the individuals, options, histories, and proposed or potential consequences on offer. And I believe some time should be invested not only in knowing the positions of those we deem to be the opposition; I believe we should seek actually to understand why they see the world the way they do, to consider the support they offer for their views, and to contemplate whether they might have some points to consider (a few, if not many). There is little virtue (if any) in simply being reactionary.