We’re just over a week away from one of the most controversial election seasons in history. Education, knowledge and understanding are the basis of decision making, and now more than ever it’s important to read up on policy plans, when house votes may not be an option anymore. There will be no trash talking, bias, or negativity in this article, simply a plea to get to the polls because your vote matters. Today, our society is fueled with intensity, complicated issues, and emotions running high, but every vote counts, and yours could be the deciding factor.
Get to know the Candidates, and understand their policy plans.
The fiercely smart ladies at The Skimm created an awesome guide to breakdown the topics at hand, the candidates, campaign terms & FAQ’s, and voting policies. You’ve got a question, and they’ve got the answer. Skimm through their guide and get the facts before you make a decision.
You and Society. Society and You.
After reading through the issues and suggested solutions, think about how this is going to affect your life. Are you a woman who believes in the right to choose? Do you make over $250k per year? Are you a newly registered US citizen? There are issues that may relate more to you than others and that’s okay. For those that do, how do they make you feel? Will it affect you and your loved one’s lives for the better?
Now fall back to your human compassion and empathy: Yes, there will be some policies that won’t directly affect you at the moment, but do you think it’s fair? Does it make sense for the general wellbeing and progression of our society?
These are complicated, in-depth issues that will probably make you uncomfortable; but it is reality, and you have the opportunity to dig deep and challenge how you feel.
Making a Decision.
The fact of the matter is, you may not know who to vote for, or you dislike both candidates. Do not think that this qualifies as a reason to skip the polls, because it doesn’t! Choosing a candidate is essential in a tight election, and there’s a danger to thinking your vote won’t matter by assuming there’s a clear winner. There are opposing arguments for voting for an Independent candidate, but this is better than writing in a dummy name.
Exercise your Right.
Every qualified US citizen over 18 has the right to vote in this election, this is not a luxury for everyone around the world; don’t take it for granted. Some societies don’t let women vote, while others aren’t led by a democracy. Despite the challenges and volatility that splash our news headlines, we live in a great country, filled with good-hearted people. Whatever your opinions or beliefs, vote for the candidate that you believe most in, and exercise your right to share your opinion at the polls.