This year is a big year for our country as we pick the next president of the United States. No matter what party you support, it is important to vote in the election so that your vote counts in sponsoring the person that you think would be the best fit in running our country for the next four years. I thought it would be helpful to add a few tips in getting ready for the 2016 Presidential election.

1. Do Your Research - - I can not tell you how many people have told me that they support a particular candidate, but could not tell me why. As you decide who to vote for in November, make sure you have done your research. Look at every candidate, see what they support, look at what positive changes they can make for our country, and also look at their weaknesses. When you take the time to get to know the candidates and what they stand for, you can make a well informed decision when you are at the polls.

2. Your Vote Counts - - It is easy to think that your one vote will not make a difference in the election. However, voting is such an important process in our country. When you go to the polls to cast your vote, you are essentially saying that you care about who will be in one of the most powerful positions in the world. I always say, “If you do not vote, you can not complain with the results of the election”.

3. Be Respectful - - Politics can be a very touchy subject. Some people are very passionate about the party/candidate that they support. Remember to be respectful to other people’s views and opinions. Although you may not agree with the party that they are in, or the candidate that they are voting for, that is no excuse to be rude or demeaning.

4. Privacy - - Do not feel that you have to share your vote with other people. There are some who will never understand why you voted the way that you did. Although it is extremely common for people to make public statements on their social media or at social engagements regarding their voting choice, do not feel obligated to do the same. Sometimes it is better to keep your vote confidential so that you do not have to deal with the stresses of people attacking you for how you voted.

I am excited who will be our next President. Until then, make sure you do what you can to make a well-informed decision at the polls in November.

Happy Voting!

Elise Banks
Miss International 2015


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