Stacey Tokunaga and I were in the office last week talking about the importance of the upcoming year in terms of elections, with the UK having their general election this December, and the US having theirs in November 2020. What Stacey and I were mainly discussing was the lack of people who actually come out to vote, with electorate turnout sometimes being as weak as just 60%. We believe that the main reason why so many people do not come out and vote is that many just don’t know which way they want to go, and so instead decide not to vote at all. If you fall into this bracket then here are some tips on deciding which way you should cast your vote.

Start With You

It can be easy to here all of the blustering in the mainstream media and get carried away by which politicians are good or bad, but this is a process which starts with you. It is essential that you first decide what matter most to you, and then which politician or party will speak best to those issues. For example you may be concerned about health care, you may be sick of issues in your local community, perhaps you have seen job losses in your area and you want more opportunities,  or perhaps climate change is massively important to you. It is only when you know what issues you care about that you can start to find the party or politician which fits in with that.

Finding Facts

The large majority of newspapers and websites, and even social media pages, have a vested interest in these elections and they will present the facts, or at least a version of them, in a way that will get them what they want. This is why it is vital that you seek to ignore all of the rhetoric and instead focus on finding the truth. There is an abundance of independent websites which offer up factual information about each party and politician, their voting history, things they have done and the things that they haven’t. Use facts to influence your decision and not the writings of a journalist who wants their team to win.

Talking About It

Many people think that because of social pressure that they have to be 100% confident about which way they are going to vote but there is nothing wrong with being on the fence of just leaning one way in particular. This is why it is important to talk with friends and family about what their opinions are, why they believe what they do and what facts they have found out which may or may not alter your decision. Talking about politics is something that not enough of us do, and it is because we don’t want to say that we are unsure. This in fact is very healthy and through talking you can learn and discover more which can help you decide which way you are going to vote.