Voting is both a right and a privilege. It is how “we the people” play our part in government. In short, it is important – much too important to be done on a whim. Yes, if you are registered you should vote in this very important election, but you need to do your homework first.
Your vote is your own. It should reflect your thoughts on the issues at hand. It doesn’t matter which celebrities support a candidate. It doesn’t matter if your Facebook friends say that anybody who votes for the other side is an idiot. It doesn’t matter how your spouse or your parents vote. You are alone in the voting booth and you alone are responsible for the choices that you make.
Don’t base your decisions on a candidate’s speeches. Go to their website and read their policies. Get to know what they really stand for, what they really believe in. Campaign appearances are carefully created to get you excited. Look for the substance under the sparkle.
Don’t get your news from just one source. Expand your reading/watching so that you will see news from across the political spectrum. Be sure that you base decisions on credible news sources. Trending topics on Twitter or Facebook do not count as credible sources! If you come across something that sounds questionable, check it out. There are lots of fact-checking sites out there during an election year.
Last Time magazine cover before the election