I'm about to get "political". But, before I do, this is my space. We will not turn this into a Vote XYZ candidate comment section. No one is trying to sway anyone here, except to sway you to vote if you weren't planning to but are registered. Boom. Now on to this post.
I've seen a lot of posts floating around the Interwebs recently, both actually published and in the form of Facebook status' telling everyone we can no longer be friends if I happen to vote for XYZ candidate. Really? We can't? All the things that we have in common and the memories we shared will go away if I don't buy into your opinion? Tell me more about how open minded & accepting you are. So long as I accept that your opinion is fact.
Yes. I will be voting next week.
Tuesday, November 8th - write that down, put it in your calendar, don't forget it.
Yes. I already know who I'll vote for as President.
But you know what, educate yourself - vote for whomever aligns best with your values ('cause ain't nobody ever gonna match 100%) & then check that box, push that button or write down that name (or however it works 'cause it's been a while & I can't remember! Ha!) Voting earns you the right to complain for the next 4 years. And, it earns us the right to still be friends.
If you don't know who you'll vote for yet - or if you want to make sure your candidate aligns with your values here are a few sources that I think are the least biased. If you know of or love another UNBIASED source - share it in the comments. I did my best to only include sources that do not seems to be slanted towards one political stance.
Start here if you have no idea - I Side With asks you questions as well as indicating how important these things are to you & based on your answers lets you know who you best align with.
Vote Smart is another great resource - it allows you to look up almost any candidate - presidential, state rep, etc to see their values. Also, if a stance hasn't been publicly stated the site infers based on past voting history & other statements made, but they do indicate whether a statement was officially given or inferred.
Pro-Con gives quick hits in the form of a pro-con chart, indicating whether or not a candidate is for or against an issue - as well as highlighting if they changed their stance.
Because - rather than claiming to be open minded, but follow that up by unfriending everyone posting about the opposing candidate, I'm just going to do my best to be open minded. I may not understand WHY you vote how you vote. But I can assure you I appreciate that you voted.
Go get those free stickers people! You pay taxes - you earned it!
Linking with Amanda.
Are you voting next week?
If not - how come?
If yes - do you know who you're voting for? (Let's keep names out of this)