A beginner's guide to voting in the midterm elections
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I’m sure you’ve heard about this big scary adult thing called ‘Voting’ that’s coming around the bend. Perhaps you’re taking one the many liberal arts classes that finally kicks your interest in politics into gear -- for me it was Chapman’s Perspectives on World History – and you’re now having a hankering to exercise your right to vote! But if you’re anything like me, you’re feeling in over your head with all of these propositions, positions, and the realization that voting is not just about the things that make your blood boil. But fear not for posterity, for I will aid you by sharing what the last three years of personal political anxiety have borne for me: an extremely basic preparation to vote!
1) Know where you’re supposed to vote
This one is crucial, sadly you cannot just add your votes to your regular prayers and know that
Jesus will take care of it, you’ll have to find yourself what the kids call an ‘official polling
place’. If you’re from out of state, you should have ordered an absentee ballot, like, weeks ago, so if you haven’t done that by the time you’re reading this, congratulations, you have
disenfranchised yourself! Luckily for the rest of us, the closest one is at Montecito Covenant
church, so just strap on your heelies and cruise on down on election day and meet all of the nice
people who have volunteered to keep our government processes running. Remember no matter
how compassionate they are and how nervous you are, it is a federal crime for them to vote you.
2) Do your research!
Okay, now that you know where you have to be, and when, it’s time to form some semi-educated opinions. When it comes to the propositions, don’t be afraid to google the heck out of each one, get to know both sides with handy websites such as ballotpedia.org or, if you’re into biases so thick they almost make you feel pity, just stick to Breitbart. On the other hand, if feel like you need to form an opinion within community, simply bring up the most controversial propositions in conversation loudly in the DC and judge how you should vote by the intensity with which your fellow student body shames or supports you. Next, turn your research attention to the senators and other positions that are up for public prevue – you can google these as well or call your local representative directly to get your news straight from the teat of democracy.
3) Remember why you should do it
The only thing you need now, dear reader, is the understanding why you vote in the first place. Some might tell you it’s because a vote not cast is a vote for anarchy, which I think many of us wouldn’t want. But know this: it’s for the sticker. Really, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that that sweet sweet little red-white-and-blue sticker with the simple words, ‘I voted’, that makes this grueling process worth it in the first place.