Years ago, when I first became eligible to vote, I asked my dad for advice on how to vote. He advised me that I first had to vote for all the candidates in my ethnic group, because they would likely represent me better. He then said I could otherwise vote for all the other candidates in the ethnic group that was the majority in the neighborhood we lived in. Being young, idealistic and naive at the time, I rejected his advice.
Now that I am less naive and more cynical, I see that many people actually vote that way. They vote by ethnic group for people of the same ethnic group. Some women will vote for all the women on the ballot, while men will vote for men first. I also see that many people vote against a candidate rather than for a candidate. I am still idealistic enough that I would like to think that many people still do a reasonable effort to research the candidates and make an informed decision. As my dad would say, “Dream on.”