Turning 18 and being able to vote is like a right of passage into adulthood. It’s a privilege and a responsibility, so it’s important to be informed when November rolls around.
I’ll be 21-years-old when I cast my first vote in the presidential election.
Yep, that’s right, 21.
During the 2012 election, I missed the cut by one year. ONE YEAR! 95’ babies, you feel my pain. And although I’m looking forward to finally being able to vote, I don’t really feel like I know enough about politics to be able to pick one candidate over the other. I’ve never had a strong interest in politics. It probably doesn’t help that I didn’t pay close attention in my political science class (sorry mom and dad).
However, as I’m getting older and learning about how these issues can affect my future (i.e. student loans and health insurance), I’m beginning to realize that I need to spend a little more time getting to know each candidate’s platform. And you should too.
We’ve complied a list of Internet tools you can use to learn more about the election.
I Side With
Not sure where you stand with the candidates views? Well, I Side With has got your back. They’ve put together a quiz that has you answer questions about main issues in the election. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “A quiz? Really? I just got done with school.” As extensive as the quiz may be, it’s good to find out which candidate you agree with more. This can help give you a better idea of whom you might like to vote for. Plus, there is an explanation with each question as to what’s currently happening with that issue.
NY Times Election Guide
Stay up-to-date with the latest political news from none other than The New York Times. From latest primary results to where the candidates stand on each issue, they’ve got a ton of information broken down for you to easily understand. Check their election coverage page daily to see “What to Know About the Presidential Today.”
Looking for a website that’s all things politics, check out Politico. They produce more in-depth journalistic style articles. Their main focus is, “to help sustain and vastly expand nonpartisan political and policy journalism.” Politico has a tab that’s dedicated to the election. From an interactive map that shows primary results to the election schedule, they’ll make sure you know what’s happening all over the country.
If you’re not one to read real lengthy, complicated articles, theSKIMM is for you. They read through all the fluff, and shorten down what they’ve learned to save you some time. Their goal is to “make it easier to be smarter.” I wish they would read my textbooks for me. Subscribe to their emails to learn more about what is going on in the world of politics and other big news daily.
Last Week Tonight
It’s summer and no one really wants to read, unless it’s for fun that is. A fun way to learn about politics and some of the major issues is with comedian John Oliver on Last Week Tonight. He spends about 30 minutes breaking down one topic, but will keep you interested with his humor. A new episode airs every Sunday at 11p.m. But if you’re not awake that late, all the episodes are posted to the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver YouTube channel.
Haven’t registered yet, or not sure how to? Rock the Vote will walk you through the registration process.