So You Know Nothing About Politics


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So you know nothing about politics.  As soon as your friends or family starts debating, you are more clueless than Joey from Friends.  You may think that you will just never get politics.

Well think again!  Anyone can be an informed and engaged citizen.   There are a variety of resources available to help you understand politics.

One important step is to pay attention to the news.  But if leafing through a giant newspaper or sitting through an hour news show sounds boring to you, there are plenty of other ways to stay informed.  The Skimm has revolutionized how millennials get their news.  All you have to do is enter your email.  Every weekday, you will receive a summary of all the important headlines.  There is always extra information linked if you want to learn more about an issue.  And there are plenty of other resources available to easily stay on top of the news, such as podcasts and Twitter accounts.

When you are staying on top of current events, it becomes much easier to form your own opinions.  But politics are a little more complicated that that.  Do you have any idea what political party your views align with?  Who is in your local government?  Who should you vote for?  These resources will help you find out what your candidates stand for.  Think about what matters most to you.  For some people, economic issues are the most important.  For others, social issues take priority.  Or environmental issues.  To be an educated voter, you should know what your party and candidates are fighting for.

Local government is extremely important, but we are also in the middle of a presidential election.  Know these important election 2016 dates to stay up to date.

The most important thing is registering to vote!  Every voice counts.

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Yasmin Sara Merchant

Yasmin Sara studies International Political Economy and Communications at Fordham University. She loves to geek out about comics, TV shows, and tattoos. You can follow her on Tumblr under the username batglare.

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