Re: How do you stay informed as a voter?
Staying informed isn't too hard - Not becoming jaded, cynical, frustrated, subject to raised blood pressure and disgusted...that's another story.
Your local reps will go out of their way to communicate with anyone they think will listen. Call 'em up. Go to a city council meeting sometime and see the mundane bs it consists of.
Go to every candidate's forum and stir the pot. Check out all the websites of the candidates.
I don't have a good handle on how to vote for judges.
For national office, pretty much al the candidates are being interviewed on the political CNN MSNBC FOX weekday programs, and every weekend on the networks. I like to watch Chris Matthews on hardball because he doesn't give anyone a break, even if he likes them. He has said he personally likes Dean, but provoked him to reveal his loose cannon tendencies on his show.
As for voting on line, that's the easiest way to have the government steal your vote. Think the NSA could fvck with any system devisable? I do. Do you think that either political party would hesitate to cheat if they thought they wouldn't be caught? Please. I want it in writing, countable and accountable.
It's not to much to ask for us to go to the polls, especially if you've invested time in your compromised decision. Especially when you consider how many men and women have died to guarantee our right to do so.