How to Vote Strategically Where You Live

There’s a bit involved in choosing how to vote, depending on what’s important to you, along with which state you live in.

So first things first. To find out which candidate has your back, there’s a few websites that will quiz you about what’s important to you. I highly recommend that you take at least one of these quizzes. This will give you a good foundation for the choices that you make.

I do realize that this will take some of your time and, perhaps, cause you to think. But I fail to see the downside to that.

OnTheIssues.org is a good place to start. It will let you know which candidates, up and down the ballot, best meet the values that are important to you. Just Do It.

To get started, click on the blue button on the right, labelled “2016 Presidential VoteMatch Quiz.” Start with the default selection for Presidential candidates and scroll down to rate your support or disagreement with the statements about Individual Rights, Domestic Issues, Economic Issues and Defense/International Issues. It’s quite painless actually.

Once done, click on the “Score the Quiz” button to get an idea of the Presidential candidates that are more likely to match the way you think and believe. If you are willing, list the top few in the comments section below. Shaming will not be allowed.

Now you have a baseline, which may help you determine how you choose to vote. It can help you decide how to vote strategically, depending on where you live.

Your first choice SHOULD BE the candidate that most closely matches your values. But, there’s a lot of pressure by the MSM to attempt to convince you that is not what’s important. That the important issue, in just about every election, is to not let the “other” candidate win. And, according to the pundits, the only way to do that is to vote for the candidate that opposes the “other” even though you will have to vote for a candidate that doesn’t come close to matching the values that are important to you.

“It’s a wasted vote” or “It’s a protest vote” or … You’ve heard them all.

Here’s my take on why voting for candidates that have values that match your own is important, and ways to vote strategically if that’s important.

When you vote, you are stating that you agree with the values and platform of that candidate or party. The more people vote for that candidate or party or platform gives more of a mandate for those values. With that in mind, why cast your vote for someone or a platform that you don’t agree with? Why not let YOUR values be heard?

As many keep telling you, it’s more important to defeat the “other” than it is to vote how you really feel. That’s what keeps the Democratic and Republican Parties in control, even though it’s not in YOUR best interest.

I had some well thought out strategies to put forth. But as I get back to this draft, I question how important voting strategically REALLY is.

No matter who wins control of the White House, I’d venture that likely less than 50% of the people of this nation will be happy and very likely, 75% will not be enthusiastic of the outcome. How politics in this country has devolved.

Do what you can to pay attention to the issues, platforms and your own desires about how you’d like this planet move forward, and vote accordingly. As difficult it is to find any enthusiasm, it is important that you let your voice be heard. Please do vote.

Local and regional issues and candidates have a great deal of influence in our lives, so pay particular attention to them. Maybe that will inspire you enough to get active, even if it’s only enough to get you to check the boxes and put the ballot in the mail.

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Taking Selfies in the Voting Booth: Legal or Illegal?

If it’s legal, should it not be? If it’s illegal, should that change?

What a rapidly changing world we live in. A short time ago, this issue would not have been on anyone’s radar. Will it be up to the Supremes to decide?

Richard Hasan, Terry Gross’ guest on Fresh Air tonight, made me realize that I didn’t have a thorough understanding of it.

My first thought was, “come on, what’s wrong with taking a picture of yourself doing something you are proud of?” One of the most patriot actions a person can take is to make it known how they want to see the country move forward. We do celebrate more mundane actions.

Something that I had not considered, though, was how the use of selfies could allow someone to control the vote.

What if a dominant family member demands voting in a particular way? A selfie from the voting booth could verify that. Or what about a vote buying operation paying after a selfie verifies the voting?

The full interview with Richard Hasan can be found here: Rigging An Election? It’s Not So Easy, Voting Law Expert Says

There are instances that require a choice when not all choices are apparent. Search for those unknown choices. And, as always, question your beliefs, for that’s where you will often find hidden choices.