During these groundbreaking and divisive times, it’s more important than ever not only to exercise your right to vote but also to do so having an informed awareness of issues and candidates. It’s easy to succumb to misinformation or get caught up in political rhetoric, but doing your own research and thinking critically about the issues will ensure that you’re an informed voter. Read more below.
Do Good Research
Whether you have liberal, conservative or moderate political views, you may find yourself consuming the same media that repeatedly espouses only the same views. The most important thing you can do to make sure you’re informed about the truth is to do research yourself using a variety of reputable news sources. If you rely on only a few sources for your news and take their information as truth, you may not be getting the full picture of an issue or candidate. When choosing sources, look for ones that are factual and unbiased.
Have an Open Ear and Mind
When you’re researching, watching news or commentary programs or listening to candidates speak, it’s also important to listen and think critically. Listen carefully to what you’re begin told and take time to really consider the information; for example, many political figures use rhetoric to make their speech seem exciting and compelling when in reality, they’re not saying anything of much value. Also, keep your mind open to new ideas and don’t be afraid to change your opinions.
Remember the Power of Your Vote
Many people often feel like it doesn’t matter if they do research or educate themselves on the issues because their vote ultimately doesn’t matter; however, that’s simply not true. Remember that a democracy is fundamentally a system in which the people have the power to choose their legislators. When so many citizens don’t vote, democracy simply cannot function at its best.
If you’re someone who wants to see improvements in society or the government, you can start by educating yourself and others on how to be an informed voter. Change always starts small.