3 Things to Know Before you Vote in the 2012 Presidential Elections

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3 Things to Know Before you Vote in the 2012 Presidential Elections

This blog was written by our summer intern Traci Legonelli, who is a recent graduate from SUNY Oswego.

It is important to make sure that you make informed decisions when it comes down to voting time. After all, the person that is chosen will be responsible to run our country. Here are 3 tips to help you make an informed decision before you vote!

1. Know what your selected candidate will do when elected. The election should not be a popularity contest and it is important to know your candidate’s stance and opinion on certain political issues. Find out what their platform is and how they plan to enact certain plans and policies. For instance, find out what their stance is on education, and if they plan to raise tuition prices and increase interest rates on student loans. These are pressing issues that are affecting interns, students and recent grads that may be of your concern when selecting a candidate to vote for.

2. Check your candidate’s track record. Not every presidential candidate has set out to accomplish what they said and they probably have had some failures along the way. It is important to see what progress they have made on ideas, policies, etc so you can get a better understanding of what they have the potential to do in office.

3. Watch a debate or speech that your candidate was in. It is important to see how they present themselves and what kind of public speaking skills they possess. This will give you a better idea of how they are under pressure and how they would act as a representative and leader for our nation. You would be surprised at some of the blunders potential presidential candidates have made on national television!