UPDATE: I voted! I tried and gathered all last-minute available information. I found this website rather useful. In the end I defaulted twice. The comments also pushed me to look for some relevant statistics. I may do another post about that later. In the meanwhile look e.g. at the first chart here (Approval in mid-August of first year). Look at the last five presidents. What do you think of sex as a proxy?
Tomorrow is election day in my city, Newton MA. I am happy to participate in this election because I feel that at the local level my votes can make a difference. This is also because I am asked to cast an unusually large number of votes, something like 10 or maybe 20. This number is so high that for the majority of the candidates I will have absolutely zero information, except their names on the ballot. In such cases I have decided to vote for women.
I think many things would be a lot better if women were in control. Because women tend to have a greater appreciation for life, health, and the environment. Their actions are also generally less myopic.
This default vote is overturned by the slightest relevant information I have. In one such case, I won’t vote for a candidate who advocates a more vibrant Newton, and growth. I will vote for the opponent who instead advocates protecting the city. I want Newton to stay the way it is: dead.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much discussion of the issues I really care about, like heavily protected bike lanes.