When it comes to politics it is important to always keep an open mind and research! In politics everyone has an agenda and an angle they’re looking to push. Which can lead to networks like NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, etc. to lean one way over the other, and show content in a way that would benefit their view more. So just make sure before you make a major decision to be in support of a law/political statement make sure you do your research! look at multiple sources and think about how it makes you feel!
No matter the party line or state, gerrymandering is one of the largest problems faced in U.S. elections. Check out this video from John Oliver that delves into it.
Last year, Maine became the first state to make Ranked-Choice voting it’s voting system for state and local elections, but the battle for the voting system isn’t over yet. Check out the article from The Portland Press Herald detailing the ongoing political battle over the Constitutionality of this new system.
Ranked-choice voting works as a “last politician standing” style election. Voters list candidates in order of preference until the candidate with the majority of votes is chosen. If no candidate holds a majority of the vote then the lowest scoring candidate is eliminated and the voter’s next choice is factored into the results, this continues until one candidate wins a majority.
Check out this piece written by The New York Times last December detailing the advantages and disadvantages of Ranked-Choice Voting.
Want to register to vote, but don’t know how? No worries! I got you covered! You can register to vote at the age of eighteen. A lot of high schools and colleges offer forms that you can fill out on the spot and get your voter ID in the mail. And if you aren’t a student you can go to your local MVA/DMV and get forms there as well. When you go to renew your license you can also register to vote at the desk. You can learn more HERE!
The Electoral College was founded by the founding fathers of the Constitution in order to find a compromise between the popular election of the president and Congress.
The Electoral college isn’t a real college by the way! The electoral college is a way to indirectly elect the President and Vice President of the United States of America. Meaning that even if one candidate has the most popular votes, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll win the election.