Tips for First-Time Voters

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Among everything else that has happened in 2020, it is also an election year. For first time voters that can be a little daunting and nerve wracking. I know the feeling, as this is my first time voting in a presidential election. First and foremost, know that you are not alone.

There are a lot of things you may be feeling. This year has been a whirlwind and the election is no exception; it can be hard to understand where to begin and what to do. No matter what anyone tells you, your vote has the potential to prompt real change—make sure you use it well.

Start with voter guides. Never vote blindly or go along with what everyone else is doing. Your vote affects how you live, so make sure you believe in who/what you are voting for. No one can make the decision for you. Look at all the information, weigh the options, make your choice, and stick with it.

Most importantly, understand that for most people, none of the options are a perfect fit. Rather than abstaining from voting entirely because you don’t like one aspect, find the best option. Pick the one that takes you closer to where you want to go, rather than doing nothing at all and moving further in the opposite direction.

Voting is an important part of our country. While it isn’t by any means perfect, democracy helps ensure that most people get what they need to live freely and pursue happiness. Do your part and vote.