informed voting

An informed voting initiative seeks to better inform voters of their choices and the implications of those choices. It works with any voting system.

In South Korea there is an active initiative to do this as part of an e-democracy project. There is also lesser attention paid to this in the United Kingdom.

There are moral hazards with such initiatives since the party in power is nominally in charge of them, and the way they seek to "inform" may be prejudicial to any other party challenging them. Without necessarily having any malice or intent, they will categorize all attempts at putting forward an alternative vision of the truth as mere "trolling" of the authority.

It is therefore absolutely necessary to have impartial judges in charge of what constitutes being "informed", and to reconcile or at least compile different views.

For example, the ballot test concept is that when casting a vote in a referendum, one is required to answer multiple choice questions about the actual subject matter. If not enough of the answers are right, the voter is considered misinformed, and the vote is noted but not counted as a type of spoiled ballot. The questions would obviously reflect some consensus of all participating parties on facts - if there is NO such consensus, then, there is likely no way to inform the public, only poll their biases. In which case simply voting for people will do fine.