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How to Vote. June 3rd Election Day

Updated on May 31, 2014

We do not vote for these guys -- although we do vote for judges locally.

Most would not really get voting on rulings on the law. Thank goodness.
Most would not really get voting on rulings on the law. Thank goodness. | Source

Who are you and what do you want?

The first order of business when deciding how to vote is to turn away from the candidates and politicians and decide what you want. "Well I know what I want" is not real and is not good enough. You should sit down and write out what it is you really want out of your life. A piece of paper with desires on one side. Sounds bizarre when speaking of politics but it is right and good.

I want a new job

I want a new car

I want more medical benefits

I want better schools

I want lower taxes

I want more police protection

I want potholes fixed

I want all troops home

And the list can be endless.

Now make a narrow column and put down your wants in priorities. 1-10 may work.

All of the sudden you see where we are headed with this.

March, vote, write and call - but no matter what, be counted.

Now is the time to complain, albeit to yourself, so what we are really doing is writing down on a new piece of paper a far left column where we write down what we do not like. The list is something we do not normally verbalize clearly or actually take stock in at all.

No more wars

No more increase in taxes

No more restrictions on driving

No more government intrusion

No more invasion of privacy

No more restrictions of prayers

No more free handouts

No more genetically modified food

No more illegal immigration

And then again draw another narrow column and list numerically the priorities and how you rate them.

Straight up!

Do you vote?

See results

About 1/3 of Americans are such lousy citizens they do not register to vote. You cannot exercise a right not to vote unless you register. Other wise you are jus

My father died here. I respect here. My grandfather never missed a vote since he could. My mom had me drive her when she was too old, just to vote.

This brings us to the morality of how to vote.

The morality of how to vote is not hard of long or filled with platitudes or moralistic teachings. It is a plain and simple directive that cannot be argued.


VOTE

We always seem to want more than we can handle or order more food than we can eat.

We cannot even get our minds around most issues but we still have an opinion.
We cannot even get our minds around most issues but we still have an opinion. | Source

If you read this far then you care so let us devise a formula.

Brothers and Sisters we cannot have both lower taxes and greater and greater services. We must prioritize and move forward with our best personal compromise.

We cannot have greater freedoms while we deny others their freedom.

We cannot complain against the way things are unless we participate and the least participation is voting. Please.

We must raise up our politicians by supporting them by showing them that we do care.

So back to our lists

Take your lists and put them side by side and look at those priorities. If your priorities match up to where the Tax less but spend more matters line up. You need to think further and now you know why there is a huge massive deficit. It is not about parties but about you the voter. Politicians are not dumb. They known that most voters do not do this type of evaluation and will just knee jerk vote for both lower taxes and higher spending.

But now you know what you are doing and you can evaluate what you really want that is realistic. No troops abroad and greater security is probably silly. Lower taxes and better roads is probably not serious.

Let us move on to the candidates as best we can.


What a politician. Hey if you would not let your child date them, do not vote for them!

It is tough to tell a good guy from a photo.
It is tough to tell a good guy from a photo. | Source

What attributes do we want?

Do we really even care about what was important 40 years ago? Do we care about race, age or gender or even religious affiliation?

Here is one that seems to be wise these days. They must have a plausible online presence and write at least an article/blog/news post once a week.

They must look and sound educated. It does not really matter if it is formal or just learned. (we have choices and we do not need lazy people in office, if they cannot even care about their appearance)

Call their office and get a feel. I was placed on hold for 20 minutes and took my vote elsewhere. Maybe two of three phone calls is fair.If someone cannot run their own office they have no business running my life.

Special Interests. One man loves the environment but is not a whacko about it.Another is a union supported fellow, but not my unions. Another is hard core conservative but supports choice for a woman.

It is very little to ask of a citizen to know who represents what.

This guy votes. Unless you also have time to really study and yak about issues and people, do not challenge a homeless guy about politics.

Half the time you see these guys yelling at each other it is about politics --- it is just a cultural thing.
Half the time you see these guys yelling at each other it is about politics --- it is just a cultural thing. | Source

So now you are all set.

There is not right or wrong answers or votes. They boil down to four categories:

1.Vote being informed

2. Vote without being informed

3. Register and choose not to vote

4. Do not even care one bit

How to get the proper information on a candidate is just plain silly to ask. Really - you are not creamed and way laid with way too much information? Well in that case, welcome, welcome to Mars.

This article you can have.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jaye you boiled it down very well, thank you for your great addition to this hub.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Theresa, thank you for those succinct words and all your support.

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      Jaye Denman 

      4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Eric - I must congratulate you for this very thoughtful and thought-provoking hub. Everyone who has the opportunity to vote should do so, and I hope every voter will use your method for analyzing 'wants' and prioritizing them, then evaluating candidates. All voters should be informed about where candidates actually stand on issues and never vote because a politician is a great orator or looks good on TV.

      Happy Independence Day!

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Happy Fourth of July Eric! What timing. reading this on the Fourth. Excellent article and excellent suggestions for figuring out what is really important to us and then voting accordingly. Blessings. :) Theresa

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I think you may be right.

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      MG Singh 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Itd a very nice post Eric. After reading I really feel that democracy voting etc is not what common man wants. Better to do away with all this.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      ologsinquito, I would love a worksheet on which ones support alternative medical treatment.

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      ologsinquito 

      4 years ago from USA

      I agree with you that many people are not focused enough on the really important issues.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I certainly think so. But there is so much emotion in it, I doubt we will have much luck.

    • cathylynn99 profile image

      cathylynn99 

      4 years ago from northeastern US

      thoughtful article. if more folks did this, we'd have better leadership.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am sure your decisions are wise for you. Thank you

    • mylindaelliott profile image

      mylindaelliott 

      4 years ago from Louisiana

      Well I don't decide anything in this manner but I do vote.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sounds just right unless you are a conservative black woman making exactly 230.00$ with an awesome IRA and a hardcore Christian and Sierra Club member working for John McCain ;-) With exactly 2 happy scholarship 20 somethings.

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      mio cid 

      4 years ago from Uruguay

      for me it's easy,if you earn 250 000 dollars per year or more,vote republican,under 250 00o vote democrat.If you are of any minority vote democrat,if you are a woman vote democrat,if you are 60 or older vote democrat,if you are under 30 and not wealthy vote democrat.

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