Despite my best efforts to research every candidate
and enter the voting booth fully prepared, at the bottom of the ballot there are always a handful of people I’ve never heard of running for offices like Probate Judge and Soil & Water District Commissioner. Lots of these people are running unopposed, and for judicial offices especially, the choice is not between candidates but whether to retain a particular candidate.
I’m not convinced I and my fellow citizens need to be electing a County Assessor. How should I handle voting for these minor offices, and why?
a. Leave them blank, since I’m uninformed about the candidates and their offices.
b. Write in random names.*
c. Vote with the party whose values most closely resemble my own.
d. Vote to retain incumbents on the theory that they have gained specialized experience (and if I haven’t heard of them, they at least haven’t created any major scandals.)
* My partner and I are writing in Chowder Julius for South Carolina Attorney General, as the odious Henry McMaster is running unopposed. I urge all South Carolinians to do the same.
I usually go with a, but I’d like to hear what arguments there are for the other options.