This fail post made me think of you, +Jeff Munson
A man and wife were in line in front of me to get their ballots on Tuesday. After receiving them and starting to walk away, the man came back, interrupted me, and asked the voting official, "I see names on here I don't recognize...Should I have been able to look up these people on the web or something?" The election officials said it's up to the candidates to campaign and make their names and positions known to their constituents.
After they sat down with their ballots (why sit? it should take you about 30 seconds to vote), I heard the man exclaim loudly to his wife, "if they are Republicans, vote for them, just don't vote for anyone Democratic [sic]..."
Blindly voting for one party, without any research, is as bad as the fail post in the link. You don't know who you are voting for without your own research.
I researched my (small) ballot before I voted and couldn't find anything on any of the candidates for local office. Nothing in the local paper, online, etc. The entire campaign season, two people came to my door and I had no calls. The candidates who came to my door seemed reasonable, coherent, and nice, so I voted for them. The rest of the local candidates for judges, clerks of this, officers for that...I left to fate. I voted on the four state amendments after thoroughly researching them. I colored in six ovals. I later read one candidate running for the office that sets our property tax rate has been driving a school bus for years. Not sure why that qualifies her for that position, but I am glad I didn't help her into office.
Candidates! Knock on my door, call me, send me a letter, stop me at the park, wear a sign on your back...Be prepared to tell me what motivates you to run for an elected office, what benefits you derive from holding office, what changes you will make, how you will benefit me, why identifying with a specific political party helps you, etc.