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What should you know before voting?

Posted by on May. 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM
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The question is simple.  What do you think people should have some education on before voting?

For me I think a basic undertanding of the qualifications for President is a good start.  Article 14 of the Consitution and what constitutes a "natural born citizen".

http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_citi.html

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/special-report/blog/2012/05/01/bret-explains-natural-born-citizen-requirements-president-and-vice-president (yes I know it is Fox News but this is actually a good article). 

 

I also think that you should be aware of current events since the political platforms are usually based on these things. 

I think that you should know that this country is not a Christian nation and it was never made to be. 

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-07-04/opinion/davis.jefferson.other.words_1_church-and-state-religious-freedom-virginia-statute?_s=PM:OPINION

http://hnn.us/articles/42835.html

http://www.au.org/resources/publications/is-america-a-christian-nation

 

And finally I think that people need to realize that there is more than just 2 parties you can vote for.  There is an option to write in nominees.

 

What about you, what do you think a person should know before casting their vote?

Some will die in hot pursuit and fiery auto crashes. Some will die in hot pursuit while sifting through my ashes. Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain that is pouring like an avalanche coming down the mountain. ~Butthole Surfers



 

by on May. 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM
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shimamab
by on May. 6, 2012 at 5:25 PM
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I think people should know what the job of president entails (powers, responsibilities, benefits).

I think they should know the ACTUAL position each candidate has on the issues that are important to them rather than what positions that the candidate's party usually has.

I also think that everyone should spend some time listening to smart, non-partisan experts on how best to solve our biggest problems.
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gammie
by on May. 6, 2012 at 8:08 PM
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That most important one, vote for who YOU THINK will do the best job and NOT what the party is pushing.
maybe this way we can STOP getting the same shit every four years.
MizSandy
by Member on May. 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM
  •  Educate yourself on the candidates and the issues before you vote. Most people will know about     the candidates in a presidential election. It's just as important to be schooled on those running for  Senate and House seats.Read local newspapers to learn more about local elections, such as a mayoral race, as well as special issues that may be on the ballot during the upcoming election. Voting strictly on party lines without knowing anything about the candidates or issues is foolish

  • American Flags at Rockefeller Center, Viewing of Inauguration of President Barack Obama, Rockefeller Center 


matreshka
by Gold Member on May. 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I agree with the OP on that, maybe the PIRGS could do a volunteer campaign to get that sort of info out to registered voters and people on the street like at the mall or something.

I think people should research the individual candidate's history, watch their debates and know their positions thoroughly.  I also think they should take a fair look at everyone first, then from there decide.

bluespagan
by on May. 7, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I think know what each branch of government does and then what each position within that branch does is so important.  I think so many people fail to realize the role each takes in legislating and passing bills/signing acts.  The blame gets put in all the wrong places and so many crooked politicians use that to their advantage.

And I agree, I think having people who go out and give this info out is a great idea.  Educate the people before they cast their votes.

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