I’m going to go out on a limb and share what may be an unpopular opinion: not voting in this election (November 8, 2016), is an extremely irresponsible decision. I was out to dinner last weekend, and some friends-of-friends (aka acquaintances haha) that I’d just met were gloating about how they weren’t going to vote in the presidential election.
Want to know where the candidates stand on major issues, from health care to immigration? You can easily see a break down on exactly what a candidates stance is on an issue without drowning in a bunch of complicated political jargon or persuasive talk. The nice part is that you can see the candidates’ positions listed side-to-side, that way you can scroll down the list of different issues and see exactly how the candidates compare and contrast.
Okay so I love love love this website. You can easily check off the issues that are important to you in a candidate. (Do they support abortion? Oppose it? Are they neutral?) As you check off issues that are important to you, the candidates disappear if they don’t line up with the issues that you care about. I find this to be an extremely useful tool, especially for people who identify less with a certain party and more with specific ideals. InsideGov’s nifty tool will allow you to see who your ‘best’ option is based off of what you value most.
10 Reasons To Vote
I also adore this list of 10 reasons to vote. It’s short and sweet, while getting the point across about honoring our civic duty. As the list points out, Benjamin Franklin said, “What have we got, a republic or a monarchy? A republic, if you can keep it!”
I know that this is a casual little blog on a tiny section of the Internet, but I think it’s foolish to pretend that blogging exists in a bubble. This election affects us all and we darn well better act like it. After all, Gil Sery said: “Apathy gets you the government we have today.”
Are you voting on November 8th?