So, in case it isn’t obvious, I live in the U.S. On Tuesday, we’re having elections. However, since it’s not a presidential election, it doesn’t tend to get the same amount of focus. But these elections are just as important as the presidential ones. Now, I’m not a political scientist or anything, but from my perspective, the members of congress have just as much power making laws as the president. That’s kind of the point. They are the voice of your state on the national level.
More important that, though, are the state and local elections. Your state governor and state legislature have more say on your day-to-day life. They’re the ones making the laws that directly affect you, from education funding to taxes. And yet, so many people don’t participate in these elections.
So, I’d like to take one of my 30 days of posting to encourage you to go vote. I also would like people to make informed votes. Please don’t just fill in bubbles randomly and even if you’re part of a party, think about why you’re voting for someone! Here’s some links to help you research:
- Some states have electronic sample ballots online. Check your county election board website to see if that’s the case. These are typically available a couple weeks before the election.
- I Side With – This website is a great way to get started. You take a quiz on major issues, along with rating how important each issue is to you, and it will show you what candidates in the major races align with your results.
- Politics1 – This website can be a little hard to navigate, but if you search for your state, they list the candidates, with links to their websites.
- I also found googling your state, 2014, and the name of the race also helps find information.
After this, you should have very few excuses for not voting. Depending on your state, you may have needed to be registered a couple weeks ago. So, that’s a valid reason, I guess. But you really should participate in your next election. The point of democracy is for everyone to have a voice in our government and you should exercise it. People don’t participate enough, especially in their local elections.