Look, this US presidential election is bananas no matter which side you're on. The closer we get to November, the more ridiculous it seems to get with all the propaganda coming from both sides through a wide array of media. So how do you break through this muck and mire and find out the real facts of both candidates?
While this article doesn't cover all issues that may be important to you, it will give you viable sources about the some of the more important subjects and help you become a more knowledgeable voter:
A major aspect of Trump's campaign has been his plan to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. While he has publicly stated that it may cost $10-$12 million to build, Real Money has an in-depth and unbiased report on why it may cost 3x what was previously estimated. Conversely, the Hill has a historical breakdown of Hillary Clinton's economic plans and how she plans to achieve them.
Civil and Women's Rights
For both candidates, the support of the LGBTQ and feminist community is crucial. OnTheIssues.org, one of the top unbiased political fact sites, has a comprehensive breakdown (including quotes and sources) for both Trump's and Clinton's positions on civil, gender, and LGBTQ rights. There has been a major shift in public opinion regarding same-sex marriage and women's rights over the last decade. For example, polls conducted in the early 2000s showed that only 27% of American's backed same-sex marriage, while now it is a clear majority so each candidate will have to display a clear agenda on how to make our country more inclusive. Be sure to review the facts and decide which candidate's plan best aligns with your values.
If you're concerned at all about Medicare, Obamacare, and your prescription prices, this Forbes article details the ins and outs of both candidates health care plans. Take extra special attention when reviewing this topic as the health and well-being of the American citizens is going to be a divisive decision based on who gets into the White House.
Whether you feel that we're spending too much on military or not enough, the military budget and strategy is one of the biggest (and most complex) issues candidates face every election season. NPR has an incredibly in depth article that lays out each candidate's claims, the facts, and the examination on how realistic each candidate's plan can be.
Climate change, our carbon footprint, emissions, these are all things that need to be dealt with on the policy level (and with increasing urgency). I Side With lays out both opinions from Clinton and Trump on what needs to be done to protect our environment and what they plan to do about it.
Voting isn't easy, especially when you have to filter through skewed reporting and unverified sources. Hopefully these websites will help make your decision a little easier. If you're still on the fence and want a simple, overall breakdown of what each candidate represents isidewith.com can help you figure out which party best aligns with your interests. See you at the polls!
How to vote
Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Varies by state
For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.Get more information
In-person early voting dates: Varies by state
Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting.My Election Office
General Election: Nov 3, 2020
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