They teach us in high school civics that voters are supposed to be informed before they vote. That would include at least knowing the name of the candidate and what she or he stands for.
This may shock you but the vast majority of voters flunked that course.
A recent MRG poll underscores that point.
Asked about whom they would vote for in the State Supreme Court race, only 14% went for Cliff Taylor and 16% for Diane Hathaway. That means a whopping 68% of everyone else either didn't know who these guys were or were undecided. It's a good bet they just didn't know.
Cliff Taylor is the incumbent justice and Ms. Hathaway is on the Wayne County Circuit Court. Perhaps after they run some TV commercials, the number of informed voters will go up, but dollars to donuts, half of the folks who show up on November 4th won't know squat about either.
But Taylor and Hathaway should not feel hurt. They've got company.
On the same survey, 45% had no idea who the candidates were for the MSU Board of Trustees. That number is lower because Scott Romney is one of the candidates and that name is familiar with lots of older voters, even though some may think he is George Romney the deceased former governor.
And then to top it off, the other night at a Macomb County debate with candidates for the State Board of Education, three contenders favored letting the voters pick the winners rather than giving the governor the power to appoint the board.
Apparently they support a system where voter ignorance is bliss.