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Fred Wright-Jones: Learn about candidates before you cast vote

How does one have a say in who he or she believes should be in charge? It is pretty simple, voting. One reason Americans wanted to be free from Britain’s shackles is because we did not have a say in anything; from taxes to who was in charge. We have broken the shackles that have had us bound and we are now in a democracy.

There was once a time where voting was based strictly on who was more qualified and who could perform the job to the best of their abilities. Getting out to vote was a main priority for citizens and they took much pride in getting to the polls. They were also very knowledgeable of the candidates who were running as well as the proposals. But down through the years, the knowledge of the candidates who are running slowly faded away. Citizens are now just going to vote because it is “the right thing to do.” With no knowledge of the candidates, voters are just casting a vote that really does not mean anything to them. They are voting in vain.

To help put a stop to this, here at East English Village, a mock election for students in early November. Students were able to receive a ballot and vote for “real life” governmental officials. They voted in a “voter booth” which exposed them to real life situations in preparation for voting once they reach voting age.

During the process, teachers stressed the importance of getting out to vote and more importantly, knowing who you are voting for. Learning this early really benefits the students because the more informed of a voter you are, the better the outcome will be. It has been said that, the kids are the future of tomorrow, so with more knowledgeable voters, our future will be in good hands.


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