Voting 101

It’s time to reflect on what we really need to consider when voting for our next President.

Aside from the media riffraff and the overall angst that suspected bias has caused this election cycle, this article is intended to help you, as a voter, discover the value of your vote in terms of the things you find important for your future as an American.

We all lead diverse lives in terms of our jobs, views, and the ideologies we find appropriate. With so much diversity, it is important to not only reflect, but also embrace the differences that come with what each of our possible votes mean.

The following paragraphs are intended to focus questions that range in policy issue to your attention. In no way are all these questions the only ones to consider when voting, however there are many here that you might not have considered before reading them.

To begin, where do you stand on electoral issues? Do you believe that there should be a limit on the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor? Should the political candidates be required to release their tax returns?


Where do you stand on issues relating to the environment? Should the government increase regulations to prevent climate change? Do you support hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources? Should the US invest more in offshore oil drilling?


Where do you stand on economic issues? Should the government raise the federal minimum wage? Can and should welfare recipients be tested for drug use? Should cuts on public spending be made in order to reduce the national debt? What is your stance on paid leave for pregnant women and their spouses? How do you feel about wage equality in the workplace? What about welfare restrictions, should there be more? How should illegal immigrants be paying for college, in state or out-of-state?

Look at Foreign policy issues. Where do you stand on the US accepting more Syrian refugees? Should the US formally declare war on ISIS? Should the government increase or decrease military spending? Should the US continue to support being a part of the United Nations and still remain allied to countries like Israel? Should the US send ground troops to fight ISIS?

Believe it or not, scientific issues are also important to consider when voting. Should the federal government require parents to vaccinate their children for preventable diseases? Should producers label their foods especially if GMOs were used in their making? Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

Looking at issues relating to healthcare has been a big point of emphasis this election cycle.  Do you support the current system enacted by the Affordable care act (also known as Obamacare)? How do you feel about the legalization of Marijuana? Should the federal government increase the finding of Medicare for low-income individuals?

Of course, social issues are of huge emphasis to focus upon. Do you support a women’s right to choose? Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?

Criminal issues have also seen a recent spike in emphasis over the past decade. Should police officers be required to wear body cameras? Should convicted felons have the right to vote?


Issues related to education are highly disputed. Do you support the implementation of Common Core? Do you support increasing taxes on the rich in order to reduce interest rates for student loans?


All these questions have a diverse array of possible answers. But, the idea that we can vote in a Presidential election is truly so much more than a sound-bite. It really has to do with what your stances are on the issues raised in this article in addition to so many more questions that might not have made it into this article.

If you would like more analysis on what your vote means, is a great resource to use.