Guide to the 2016 Election

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Being an Informed Voter

During the presidential primary elections of 2008, I was twelve years old and I had absolutely no idea what each presidential candidate stood for. Fast-forward eight years, and here I am, ready to vote in the next presidential election. Yet, being ready wasn’t easy. I had to inform myself and learn about what each presidential candidate stood for on a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Abortion
  • Immigration
  • Budget & Economy
  • Civil Rights
  • Corporations
  • Crime
  • Drugs
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Foreign Policy

It was very, very important for me to know exactly what my candidate stood for before I pledged my vote so that I wasn’t only a voter, but an informed one.

Some great websites to explore inform yourself about the stances of each presidential candidate include:

On The Issues

http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm

This website provides insightful, descriptive stances of candidates, covering a broad range of topics from abortion to war.

Procon

 http://2016election.procon.org/

Procon addresses the stances of each candidate through the introduction of popular and sometimes controversial social issues, such as “Should There Be a Flat Tax on Income?” You can also do a side-by-side comparison of each candidate through this link as well: http://2016election.procon.org/view.source-summary-chart.php

Inside Gov.

http://presidential-candidates.insidegov.com/

This website is intended to be more interactive. You can go over each candidate separately or do a thorough comparison with other candidates.

Voter Registration in California

If you want to vote, but aren’t sure if you will, remember that every vote counts. It really does. If you are not a registered voter you can register online through http://registertovote.ca.gov/. It only takes five minutes.

Aren’t sure if you’re registered or not? Visit http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/.

Also, please keep in mind that California has semi-closed primaries. That means, for example that if you want to vote for a democratic candidate, you must register yourself as a democrat or indicate you have ‘No Party Preference’.  The same applies if you want to vote for a republican. 

The last day to register to vote is May 23rd, 2016.

 

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