2018 Voter Misinformation

Low information voters, also known as misinformation voters, are people who may vote yet are generally poorly informed about issues.” – Wikipedia

Sadly, Wisconsin citizens who depend upon the usual media sources for information on the races which include third party or independent candidates, may be low information voters. How can that be? Why is that?

The Marquette University Law School Poll recently reported that more likely voters consider themselves “independent” rather than affiliated with either of the two old parties. 

“A majority of Americans, 57%, say there is a need for a third, major political party, while 38% of Americans believe the current two party system does an adequate job of representing the people. These views have been consistent since 2013.” Gallup, Inc.

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How has the traditional news media responded?

  • The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association’s so-called “gubernatorial debates” excluded three third party and one independent candidate who qualified for the ballot voters will see on Tuesday. Libertarian Phil Anderson has filed a complaint with complaint with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. “By providing valuable primetime exposure to the Democrat and Republican candidates and by excluding all others, the WBA has made an illegal in-kind donation to both campaigns.” So far, no response.
  • In an article called “Voter guide: Here's what you need to know about Wisconsin's Nov. 6 general election,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, “At the top of ballots statewide: incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker's bid for re-election is opposed by Democrat Tony Evers, the state superintendent of public instruction …”, ignoring four other candidate. 
  • Radio and television “news” reports have excluded third party candidate positions on issues which they cover with the major parties. Sometimes they even report what the latest attack ads say about each other as news, as if voters haven’t seen enough of them already, over and over. How does it happen in a democracy?

Want to be an informed voter? Reading newspapers and watching the “news” in Wisconsin won't make one an informed  voter in 2018. Can we have a democracy without accurate information on our political choices?

Jim Maas
Marathon County Libertarians


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