Sometimes it’s just not possible to be an ‘informed’ voter

Laws passed in the Lame Duck session of the Guam Legislature average 20% of total laws passed over ten years.

I’m sure most of you have heard someone tell you how important it is not only to vote, but to be an informed voter. You may even have heard the argument that the ‘uninformed’ probably shouldn’t vote at all (Though for these people, uninformed usually just means ‘people that don’t agree with me’).

But what happens if it just isn’t possible to be fully informed about all the candidates prior to Election Day. That’s standard operating procedure on Guam, where, over the past decade, the legislature has waited until AFTER Election Day to pass about 20% of its laws.

Passed 30th 29th 28th 27th 26th 25th
Total 239 156 189 161 174 192
Lame Duck 40 42 33 51 21 19
16.7% 26.9% 17.5% 31.7% 12.1% 9.9%

That means that even the most diligent of informed voters would only know of 80% of the work done by that Legislature prior to going to the polls.

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