Advice for the first time voter

Advice for the first time voter

The election process can be overwhelming for a first time voter. This year’s election specifically has been an interesting introduction for us newbies into the world of politics. Not knowing where you stand on different issues and not being able to understand a politician’s message can make it a difficult decision when casting your ballot. Here are some tips on how to begin to get into the world of politics.

 

(Flickr/Can't Think)

(Flickr/Can’t Think)

VOTE!

The most important thing to remember is that your vote counts! You should not only vote for president, but for bills, laws, and local officials as well because those tend to have a much bigger impact on your daily life. If you want to see a change, then go vote.

 

Learn where you stand.

Do some research on each of the parties and figure out what they are for and against and compare their views to your own. Knowing where you stand on political issues is an incredibly important step to take before looking into the different presidential candidates.

 

It’s not that hard to get educated.

Look into the candidate’s background. What have they done in the past related to politics, positively and negatively? Who are their financial backers and supporters? Figuring out the answers to these questions are some of the ways you can find out who the candidates are really working for, rather than watching speeches written by professionals or debates where the candidates just yell over each other.

 

Don’t agree with anyone?

If you don’t like what any of the candidates are saying, you don’t have to just give up. Focus on one issue they are debating on that is incredibly important in your life. Watch when the candidates speak on that topic or look up their views on their websites, and pick the one who best supports it.

 

Make sure you’re registered in the right party!

In many states, you can’t vote in the primaries if you’re not registered with either the Republicans or Democrats. Make sure you register with the party that your candidate is affiliated with, because the worst thing is to fall in love with a candidate’s policies that you can’t vote for because you’re registered Independent.

 

People all over the world fight for their right to vote every day. You have that right, so go ahead and use it. Every vote counts, and you can use yours to make a change in the world.

 

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