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Voting Matters – Jocelyn Meidinger

The presidential election is right around the corner. Some people have already cast their vote in early voting, some will go to the polls on voting day itself, and some people have decided to not vote in this election. All are perfectly acceptable.

As a political science major…

I respect those who wish to cast a vote, or not. With this whirlwind of an election coming to a close, I encourage all to consider casting a well-educated vote.

No matter the party or your view on politics, I urge every eligible voter to cast a vote. It is OK not to agree with some of the bills proposed or to not support any candidates on the ballot.

Research, research, research

When people ask me for my take on this election, I always respond, “Do your research.” Don’t let the media take over your views, but don’t ignore some of the details, views, beliefs, and actions of those we are electing.

This election has been a good exercise to consider what kind of person you want as an elected official. Vote for who you truly believe in, and would be proud to cast your vote for. This doesn’t mean you must tell others or push your beliefs on them, but this is a time for you to cast your vote on what you believe and think.

Some may choose to not cast a vote, and that is perfectly OK if that is where you stand. You do not always need to vote for everything on the ballot.

A little advice

If I had any advice to those getting ready to make their voice known in this election it would be to follow your morals and beliefs. Do your research on the candidates and bills before casting a vote. Know where the candidates stand in all areas, especially foreign policy.

Try not to vote for a candidate solely because they are for a certain party – just because they are representing the party doesn’t mean they will go with the party. And be proud to know that you voted in an election that many will not forget.

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Posted:November 7, 2016


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