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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to uninformed voters: Don’t vote

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks at the South Los Angeles Get Out The Vote Rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Leimert Park Village Plaza on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The presidential hopeful is attending a series of campaign stops on the eve of the California presidential primary election, where polls indicate a close divide between Clinton supporters and those of Democratic rival Senator Bernie Sanders.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks at the South Los Angeles Get Out The Vote Rally. Last week, the NBA star suggested that uninformed voters avoid the polls.

Election watchers have argued that uninformed voters could pose serious risks to our political system, adding guesses and blanks to the ballots.

Last week, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar suggested that uninformed voters should not head to the polls.

The comment revived debates around whether votes from less informed population produce a better outcome on our elections.

Election watchers have argued that uninformed voters could pose serious risks to our political system, adding guesses and blanks to the ballots. On the other hand,  vote rights advocates have championed wisdom of the crowd.

Larry Mantle sits down with Jason Brennan, professor of political philosophy, to discuss the wisdom and ignorance of an uninformed voter.

Guest:

Lonna Atkeson, Political Science Professor at University of New Mexico; director for center of voting elections and democracy

Jason Brennan, Professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University. He’s the author of The Ethics of Voting

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