What are the three most important points which you consider to do your vote in elections?
Note: I vote Republican across the board. So whomever goes up against Hillary Clinton will get my vote, despite not liking Trump or Cruz. The answers below relate to my Presidential primary vote. However, they follow closely what I use for local and state election as well.
I look for the following traits:
1. Experience - Has the person been a governor, or elected to another office of significance? Having a blend of state and federal experience is a major plus. Being a governor of a populous state for at least 2 terms shows that he/she can get elected. I'm thinking of states like Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas. Some of the decisions and events that occur in those state ca mirror those at the federal level, such as emergencies and budget issues.
2. Pragmatism - Someone driven exclusively by ideology will not be successful, for the most part. I would say that President Obama has largely been able to get his way ideologically, due to a compliant press corps. But overall, it is unusual. Events usually drive the Presidency. So looking for the best way to get something done, or at least the ability to negotiate, is vital.
3. Electability - I want to win. Even if I don't agree with the candidate on everything, if they are more electable in the general election, he/she gets my primary vote.
1. What is the candidate's position on global climate change?
2. What is the candidate's position on police reform?
3. What is the candidate's position on military invention and defense spending?
We have a different system in the UK and looking at the US, I am very glad of that. In this country, we elect our MPs (Members of Parliament) and the party with most MPs forms the Government. The party votes for its leader, who becomes Prime Minister. That means you do not have the situation where Parliament and Prime Minister have opposite points of view and cannot get anything done! When considering who to vote for, I look at their overall policy, their history over the last few years and very seldom at their future promises: politicians have a poor record on that.
You have to look for what politician properly addresses the issues. One also should make sure that the politician can be honest and sincere in voting for what it's constituents stand for and being their voice. Thirdly, you have to make sure they possess the intelligence to hold that public office and have the proper resume with experience and knowledge to effectively perform their job as that elected official.
Being a Socialist my prime consideration is to vote Socialist, usually Labour in local and national elections as they have a strong support in Bristol; although I will also consider other Socialist Political Parties such as ‘The Green Party’ (who are politically left of the Labour Party).
Tactically voting would be a second consideration e.g. to vote for the Socialist Party, or even the Democrats (politically central in the UK) with the strongest support if it meant stopping a Capitalist candidate (Conservative) from winning the seat; which potentially is most likely to occur in European elections.
My third consideration would be a ‘protest vote’ e.g. voting for the Green Party, any other Socialist Party or even the Liberal Democrats in a local election if I felt that Labour had betrayed their Socialist values; which fortunately isn’t too often.
The only difference is the Bristol Mayoral elections where I’m also open to support Independent candidates subject to their election policies e.g. the current Bristol Mayor (who I supported) is an Independent, and along with the elected Greens and Labour councillors (who currently share power in a coalition in the Bristol local government) were instrumental in Bristol becoming the ‘Green Capital of Europe’ for 2015; an ‘Award’ which was a great honour to win, plus the extra investment it attracted to Bristol to further pursue its green policies to create further wealth and employment, while at the same time benefitting the environment.
Thanks for sharing your points here. I must say that, you are a curious voter
Having a multiparty system, it’s probably typical of most British voters. N.B. London just elected the first Muslim Mayor anywhere in the western world; with a decisive 56.8% majority on a large turnout.
by Grace Marguerite Williams 2 years ago
her? Why? Why not? Ms. Clinton seem to have the best qualifications for president. She also has political experience and is a quite savvy person?
by Emer Kelly 5 years ago
Do you think people should have to display an understanding of politics before being allowed to voteI don't mean an in-depth understanding, just a basic one of how government works and what each party/candidate stands for.
by JON EWALL 6 years ago
How many elected officials in Congress will reconsider their YES vote when repealing Obamacare ?
by Ohma 8 years ago
All members of our governing body must be elected right? So what would happen if we simply did not vote for anyone? I mean come election day everyone across the nation just stayed home and didn't vote.Politics and the political forums is not a place I hang out often. I honestly do not know the...
by icv 2 years ago
Do you think that, capitalism is the enemy of democracy?
by Vince 3 years ago
If Obama was allowed to stay another 4 years would you vote for him? Tell why you want him again.
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|