I am the very definition of the so-called “high-information voter”, except for the “voter” part. I am semi-permanently disenfranchised: I am not allowed to vote in the countries I’ve lived in for most of the latter part of my life, and I am rarely able to travel back to the country I was born in time for elections called there.
And I am also a person extremely affected, personally and professionally, by the legislative and political climate in these places in which I am not allowed to indicate my wants and needs through the ballot box or the voting booth.
And because I also consider myself a journalist, even when I am not actively employed by a newsroom, I do not engage in the kinds of campaign-led activities which might otherwise be open to me.
This has had a few different consequences.