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Are the Blind Leading the Blind in Determining Justice?

Are the Blind Leading the Blind in Determining Justice?

 

We know justice as a blindfolded woman.  Yet court decisions and our life experiences show that humans do not uniformly reach the same outcomes with similar circumstance.  For that reason, the Chicago Appleseed has created a voter education website to protect the court system and to help voters vote more responsibly.

In Illinois, a judge on the sub circuit level has the same powers as a judge county-wide and could eventually wind up in any division of the Circuit Court. Voters are therefore encouraged to take their power to vote seriously and to learn about who they are voting for and what they stand for.

This is particularly appropriate in Cook County where the primary election of new judges will be take place on March 20th.  A voter can determine within 15 minutes whether a candidate is qualified to be a judge by looking at performance evaluations and recommendations on the Chicago Appleseed website.

These reports come from non-partisans such as the Chicago Bar Association, The Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening (Alliance) and the Chicago Council of Lawyers. This removes the need for voters to make a decision based on the familiarity of who has canvassed and placed signs in your local area and shifts this decision to their past work, not their future promises.

Appleseed’s efforts seek to obviate recent Princeton research that suggests uninformed voters dominate the democratic function.

“Through initial modeling and then experimentation using schools of fish, researchers from Princeton
University showed that, even with an extremely loud minority, having ignorant or untrained individuals in the group tended to put control in the hands of the majority. The more uninformed individuals, the greater the effect seemed to be, up until the uninformed dominate the group and democratic function ceases.”

The Princeton scenario suggests the blind actually wind up leading the blind.  But because Appleseed is committed to identifying injustice and then finding solutions, its website offers a proactive effort to increase the number of voters making better decisions.  The online effort may not reach seniors or the homeless, but the website expands Appleseed’s reach to other advocates who work with these constituents in shelters or food banks, thereby expanding the possibilities for equitable justice to take place.

 

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10:53PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Truly informed and understanding voters are exceedingly rare.

5:54PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

It very much seems that way, it certainly needs REVISION!

1:28PM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

Good Posting, Thanks

9:07AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

This system needs to be in every state, county, and city.

8:50AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

Free ride due to ignorance must end now ... or all the pissing and moaning of the masses will stay just that.

Research people and platforms, then vote for or closely ride their tails if expected results are not met, just ignored.

2:44AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

Thanx.

12:34AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

Interesting.

9:52PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

There are too many organizations! We need to consolidate our defense against the conservative effort to take our rights away.

8:29PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

No, the rich are leading the stupid in determining justice.

6:31PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

There's a fine line between providing "voter education" and telling someone how to vote. My guess is that some will object to the "voter education" as leading the voter, and not being objective. What we really need are citizens that can truly think, and are motivated to learn about the candidates and issues before they vote.

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