Let’s try something really new this next presidential election. Let’s ignore the media hype and vote for the candidate that best represents each of our own values. Do you think you already know who that is? Are you sure? You may be surprised. Try the candidate calculator.
First, if you are not registered to vote, please do so. The process works a lot better when those of us who are eligible to vote do. Next, if your polling place uses Diebold or other computerized voting machines, if you have any way to vote using paper, do that too. Many states, unfortunately not including New York, allow voting by absentee ballot even if you are not leaving the state. Find out the rules in your state. If you use voting machines that do not provide a paper receipt and can vote by absentee ballot, this is a way to ensure that your vote is counted. I would also recommend, even if you don’t like either party, register with one of them so that you can vote in the primary.
Now back to the correct candidate for whom to vote. Obviously, there is no single right answer for everyone. That’s part of what democracy means. However, this is a really good time to avoid the hype created by the media that is owned by large corporations. Your best interests are unlikely to be represented by corporate America.
So, if you have not already written your choice in concrete, try this surprisingly accurate quiz that matches your feelings on the issues with the current presidential candidates. If you have already chosen your candidate, try this for fun anyway to see whether your choice really is the best on all of the issues. You might be surprised.
After you’re done, verify that the candidate really is the best on the issues. Then you’ll have to make up your mind whether you really do agree and whether your best candidate on the issues has a reasonable chance of getting elected. However, I would strongly suggest that you make that decision for yourself without letting NBC/ABC/Fox/CNN/New York Times/Fox Street Journal/Pravda make up your mind for you.
Note: I first saw this on Dvorak a while ago. If you want to see the results of a wider audience, go there. Many people posted their results. I do not believe this to be rigged in any way. It just may be that the front runners happen not to be the best for many people. If you’re curious about me, I came up with Kucinich, checked him out and found his policies far better than the rest. I will vote for him.
Hope you had fun with this. Vote your own conscience, but please vote.