“Our political leaders will know our priorities only if we tell them, again and again, and if those priorities begin to show up in the polls.” — Peggy Noonan
Ready to do some good for yourself and our planet? We start now.
5 steps toward being an empowered and informed voter:
- Take a personal inventory. What behavior do you expect from a leader? What type of person do you want to represent you? How do you expect them to treat others? What do you value in a community? What issues are important to you? What vision do you have for your community, state and nation? What steps would you take to bring that vision to life?
- Take your inventory to the candidates – start by exploring their individual websites. How do they represent themselves and how closely aligned are they with your vision?
- Check voting records! Go to Congress.gov and check out voting records of incumbent leaders.
- Spend some time on Factcheck.org – Factcheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
- Turn your attention to something other than the election – news alerts are constant in our lives, especially now. It is not good for any of us to stay constantly plugged into that cycle. Tap into a hobby and invest time with family and friends. Exercise and quiet time are important to your overall health – make them a part of your daily experience.