There’s Hillary Clinton and, the Donald who are America’s top choice candidates according to polls (for some reason I never get asked to be a part of a poll, have you?) but they seem so far apart in opposite spectrums how can we, as Americans, have such different opinions on who to vote for. Heck, who do I vote for on election day 2016?
I have no idea where to begin and anytime I ask anyone for their opinion on a candidate they’re either going to leave the country if Trump becomes president, kill themselves if Hillary gets elected or make jokes about the weight of New Jersey governor Chris Christie.
I want a serious answer. How do I know who to vote for? I know it’s early on in the fight for the presidency but I want to squash this now before I find people rushing to pick a candidate on behalf of how they look healthier than another candidate or sound better on that one Youtube video I saw on Facebook while scrolling through my timeline at like 2a.m last week.
Let’s get serious. Now I don’t know everything and I can’t choose a candidate for you but I can help you make a decision without feeling overwhelmed.
Ignore the whole Democrat or Republican issue. These titles don’t matter when it comes to who you’re going to vote for and what issues you stand for. I repeat, what really matters is where each candidate stands on each issue.
Let’s say you are a registered Republican, it doesn’t mean you can’t vote Democrat. Go for it!
Candidates & Issues
Now, the best thing you can do is figure out who are all the possible candidates for Election Day 2016. You can either start to look through candidates today or decide to wait until the Republican and Democratic nominees are chosen. Either way, if you seem to like Ben Carson and want to support him so that he has a higher chance of becoming the Republican nominee then you want to know where Ben Carson stands and support him today.
Most people let things go until the end of the race when the nominees are chosen. By then it’s way too late to support anyone else that you could have stood behind. So if you want to truly get involved start your research today. If you don’t care as much, wait until later (I do not suggest this). The reason I say this is because anyone who wanted to support Hillary Clinton back in 2012 and didn’t would have helped her already become president today. History would be completely different if more people supported Hillary earlier in the race.
Let’s use the Democratic Candidates as an example to explain this mess of politics. The 2016 Democratic candidates are Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders. (I chose Democrats as an example party because there are less Democratic candidates than Republican candidates who have 10, possibly). Let’s get onto the next step.
What you want to do is go through what every candidates’ beliefs are on the issues that are important to Americans. I highly suggest checking out every candidates website instead of checking other websites that can reword what they officially state on their own website. I will list these at the bottom of the article.
For example, Hillary Clinton in College Education:
“We need to make a quality education affordable and available to everyone willing to work for it, without saddling them with decades of debt.”
HILLARY, AUGUST 10, 2015
This quote is from her website hillaryclinton.com, and I encourage you to go through all the issues she supports or does not support. If college education is important to you, make sure that what she has stated on her website is backed up by her history in actions she took in office. For example this website at Correct the Record can help you see for yourself what her record in education is like.
Hillary Clinton is not the only Democratic nominee, you also have Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders. On the other end of the spectrum Bernie Sanders wants to make college education free and debt-free. I want to explain one thing, and that nothing in life is free. It costs money to have free education. This may sound spectacular to you but the money to pay for this free education will come out of taxing the citizens of the United States. Germany is a great example of a country with free education that is paid for by taxpayers.
Now, every person is different, some of you may believe that we should all help out and pay for education and others may believe that not everyone will go to college and those who choose not to attend college shouldn’t have to pay for education that they won’t use.
Imagine if Bernie Sanders becomes the democratic nominee and you were against his stand in education. You’d either vote Republican or be forced to vote for Bernie Sanders because the Republican candidate has more issues you disagree with than Bernie Sanders does.
This is just an example, don’t shoot me in the foot, please! It takes 7 billion people to make the world go around.
I hope you understand the importance of researching every candidate severely. Simply choosing a candidate because they are democratic or republican, male or female, black or white does not represent well the issues they stand for.
Not Just the President
Once you decide who you may want as president you will want to keep up to date on what the candidates are saying and if they contradict their issues. Of course, there are some new reports that you may not want to put all your attention to because they may try to make a candidate look bad depending on their own agenda.
Do not forget that just because you may have finally picked a candidate they may throw you off when they choose their running mate who would be voted in as vice president. Remember, if the president dies this person is next in line to be president.
I want to remind you that on Election Day 2016 you are not only voting for the President of the United States or @POTUS but you are also voting for other officials depending on your state. These positions are super important to your state because they affect your communities personally. Here’s a list of what you may or may not vote for on Election Day 2016:
- President & Vice President
- State Senator
- State Representative
- County Office
- School District Office
- School Board Members
- Judicial Offices
The pressure is on isn’t it? Election Day 2016 can be exciting or scary for voters whether it’s your first time voting or not. I want to state one thing: if you don’t vote you cannot complain about anything that happens in this country. You cannot complain about Obamacare, the taxes coming out of your check, environmental issues or college debt.
You have the right to complain about the government if you vote!
- Jeb Bush
- Ben Carson
- Hillary Clinton
- Governor Chris Christie
- Senator Ted Cruz
- Carly Fiorina
- Mike Huckabee
- Governor John Kasich
- Martin O’Malley
- Senator Rand Paul
- Senator Marco Rubio
- Bernie Sanders
- Rick Santorum
- Donald Trump
Yessenia Diaz has a background in graphic and web design but is also intrigued by writing and teaching. Yessenia created Tru.Works as an outlet for all her talents and continues collecting stories from around the world to share with people all across the interweb. Follow Yessenia on Instagram and her favorite, Twitter, @ythegreatdiaz.