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Voting for the first time? Be A Mindful Voter by Being Informed

Updated on February 13, 2014

Election Day Blues?

It seems that once an election is over we hear about preparation for the next one. Our participation as voters is an awesome responsibility. How much do you really know about each candidate or issue? How much of what you hear is from an unbiased source? Unbiased source?!...hard to find these days. It's so disheartening to hear people make judgements and important decisions based on hearsay, opinion, or emotion. A friend of mine once told me she never discusses politics because most people's opinions are based on gossip! We should all follow the methods of good research scientists when it comes to voting. It is so important to the well-being of our country, to each of us, and of course our future. I urge you to approach this process with an open mind. You never want to follow a pack of fools just because they are squawking the loudest. How about approaching this from a non-partisan stance so that getting the facts will be the only priority. Believe me, I know that most of us are born into families with a political party bias. At least it's being talked about. But if you are a new voter it doesn't hurt to question where others stand. An educated vote is better for everyone.

>Empower yourself with a checklist and then start your own investigation. I found the best resource for factual information to be the online official site for the United States Senate, www.senate.gov. Use the following sample checklist to gather information on each candidate and then compare the facts.

What is this candidate's.......

1. Past educational accomplishments and leadership roles? Expressed knowledge and respect of our national history?

2. Military experience? Military honors?

3. Time spent in political arena? What prior positions? What did they accomplish?

4. How much time spent in attendance at legislative sessions?* This is important.

5. Senate voting history?*

6. Experience in other countries or foreign policy knowledge and experience?

*Information for both of these items on the checklist can be easily found on the website mentioned above. Just follow the "Find your Senators" link, click on Office of Public Records, go to Bills and Resolutions, click on Votes and then U.S. Senate Roll Call and Votes -110th Congress.

>Last but not least do your own personal values inventory. Your elected officials represent you. They are here to serve the citizens of the United States and that is you. ( I know, a radical concept). Our elected officials are in place so that we can maintain a certain quality of life and uphold the rights of our citizens.

1. What kind of leader would you most like to see in office?

2. Do you like the idea of more government intervention or less? Would you like to see stronger federal government involvement in your daily life or prefer more local government influences?

3. How do you view the world? Do you like the idea of globalization or a one-world concept? Or do you see strength in being more separate as a nation?

Your vote should be for someone who supports your core values and also what you would like to see happen in the future of our nation.

Why not put in the extra-effort to make an educated decision this coming election. Take some time to really learn about the candidates. We get to decide. We have this wonderful freedom to vote but also the responsibility to exercise this freedom using careful thought, intelligence, and an expanded awareness. Only good things can happen as a result.






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      braincandy 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for reading!

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      issues veritas 

      9 years ago

      To bad they didn't take your advice

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      talented_ink 

      10 years ago from USA

      Very well put and I couldn't agree more. I do have issues with the public vote having less power than the electoral college, but even in spite of that, it is our duty to make an educated and informed decision about who we vote for.

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