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Making Your Vote Count for You: Evaluating Candidate Choices

Oct 12, 2007
Do you ever notice how humble incumbents get when it is time for them to run for re-election? This is the only time when most elected officials pay any considerable attention to their constituents' needs. How can you increase your odds of voting for a candidate that is more likely to make changes that will positively and personally benefit you?

The internet (search engines, blogs, YouTube, etc.) is a great resource for compiling information on nearly any candidate running for office. When researching on a candidate, it is a good idea to look at the candidate's public service history. Simply looking at what the candidate's opinions were in the past, can give you a misleading impression of how the candidate may view issues today. If the candidate has several years of experience in public office, gathering information from the past 10 to 15 years will give you a better picture of stable the candidate is on certain issues or if the candidate is unstable in his/her decision making.

Television can also be a useful source to gather information on candidates. Candidates seeking office usually get more coverage in the news and on political talk shows around election time. Also, try to watch as many debates as you can. Watching debates throughout the campaigning season can give you a better feel of each candidate and rather the candidates are consistent in their opinions and answers.

Finally, look for candidates coming to a town near you. Candidates travel extensively when campaigning. You can almost count on at least one candidate making a stop within 100 miles of where you are. Attending speeches, fundraising events, and rallies can give you an opportunity to observe the candidate on a personal level. In some cases, you may even get the opportunity to meet the candidate and ask him/her a couple of questions. Attending such event will also give you a chance to meet and question others who are supporting a particular candidate.

To keep up with candidates seem to be a job in itself. But it is easier than it seems. Searching the internet and watching television are things that most of us do for hours a day. It only takes setting aside 30 minutes a day to check on the latest news on candidates. Even rallies and fundraisers are often televised and can be viewed from home.

The sacrifice will be well worth putting a candidate in office that will work on issues that are personally important to you.
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