In the early 90’s the Rock the Vote campaign was initiated, a campaign that encouraged young, disenfranchised people that political involvement was hip.
The thinking was that getting more people engaged in the process was a good thing, as our democracy ( local and national ) relies on as many voices as possible in order to get the right answers. And in this positive-democracy spirit other efforts were also initiated in the years following to encourage other demographic groups to participate.
So what’s the problem? How could there even be a problem …
The problem is that many of these disenfranchised people were disenfranchised because of, well, themselves … they were only disenfranchised because they were uninterested. And being uninterested they were therefore uninformed.
But you can’t blame the organizers of Rock the Vote. If they had told everyone to go to their local library and research the issues for 2 months before rocking the vote, certainly the program would have failed.
Democracy begs for participation from everyone, BUT IT PRESUMES that everyone will be qualified.