O’s-pinion: Voting, What You Need to Know and Why it’s Important

During the COVID-19 crisis, there is a lot a talk about the concerns of voting while some states are still under the state-at-home order.

This year there will be a wave of new votes of 18-year-old who just graduated from high school. Most of them were probably looking forward to voting for the first time, but with the COVID-19 situation, it’s hard to determine.

Elections are important because it’s your right to decide on who you feel will help your community, state and country.

For me, it’s important because my ancestors were murdered for voting for people who they felt would help the black community. As you can see, I take this seriously, and I’m going to do my best to provide some information about voting to help others who want to take it seriously too.

Please keep this in mind that it’s your right to decided to vote or not. This blog post isn’t to force anyone to vote.

First, if you’re not already, you need to register to vote in your area. Usually, there are people in organizations who will go door to door asking people if they’re registered and giving them introductions on how registered if they are not. 

If you’re a college student, campuses usually have organizations that handle voting information, and they have voter registration forms that they pass out to get more registrations in that area. It helps so students can still vote within the community surrounding the campus without trying to go home and vote.

If you rather vote at your permanent address that’s fine too. Make sure you’re registered for that area. You can register or check your registration online at https://www.vote.org.

Research who are the current people running your community, state and country currently. The research the candidates running for the positions. Think about what is important to you and see if those candidates fit your agenda for a structured government that is going to make sure the country runs smoothly (if possible). 

The primary election is a nominating election in which the field of candidates that will run in the general election is chosen. If the candidates won, it usually results in them being nominated or endorsed by a political party for the general election.

When we think about the general election, most people’s minds run straight to the presidential elections, but it also involves the election of candidates who will run for federal, state and/or local office.

The purpose of a general election is to make a final choice among the various candidates who have been nominated by parties or who are running as independents (not affiliated with a major political party) or, in some cases, write-in candidates.

Since we’re in the digital era, you can get alerts sent to you about the upcoming elections and any other special elections that come up.

Click to read more about the types of elections in the U.S.

Make sure you keep up with the time and days of the elections. When you check your registration, it’ll tell you were the voting location is.

Just a heads up, when you go to the voting locations, sometimes there are going to be people who will harass you about who you’re voting for. Don’t worry about those clowns because you’ve done your research and you don’t owe it ANYONE on who you vote for because it’s your business!

Ignore them and vote with your head held high. There are going to be some local candidates there trying to drive their lost shot at getting a vote, but again, you did your research, so choose who you feel is the best.

This is what being independent looks like, making your own educated choices without being influenced.

Plus, you feel so great after you vote because once you get out of those doors, it’s done.

I don’t have all of the answers, but I wanted to give some information that can help out, especially since we have a pandemic. There might be a possibility of the change in voting for the general elections.

That’s a big “might.”

If we move forward with a regular day at the voting booth, then I hope this basic information helped.

If you have any more facts to provide about voting, please put them in the comments below. Let’s educate each other and meet at the polls like it’s an important job opportunity waiting for us.

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