Before we come to the part where I tell you how to decide who to vote for, let’s begin with WHY you should vote in the first place.
Almost all countries in the world tend to show themselves as democratic. Among other things, modern democracy allows citizens to vote. It is one of the rights that people through decades and centuries have fought and died for, just to make it possible for all of us to choose who will be making decisions on our behalf. And now you are telling me that you don’t vote?
The first thing someone says when explaining why he/she does not vote is: MY VOTE WON’T CHANGE A THING!
It is a lame excuse and it does not justify that you are not fulfilling your civil duty. Also it CAN make a change.
Another common excuse is: I DO NOT HAVE ANYONE TO VOTE FOR!
Yes, you do. I know that it is possible not to like any of the candidates. Still, that doesn’t mean you shouldn't vote.
If I managed to change your mind and you have decided that you should start voting (yay me!), you might find yourself in a dilemma - who to vote for!?
You have this problem because either you like all of the candidates equally (less likely) or you don’t like any of them (more likely). Either way, I will try to help you to make a decision! (I do not guarantee it will be the right one, but it’s ok)
The first thing you should do is to establish where is your position in a political spectrum. Are you more left or right winged or somewhere in between? If you don’t know it yet, do this test that will let you know where you stand.
Once you are aware of your political, economical and social views, you can explore what parties that you can vote for are closest to your opinion.
If it is only one party, congrats! You have found your ideal candidate!
If that’s not the case, continue reading bellow.
If you are still reading this, it means that there is more than one party that shares your beliefs.
Next thing you can do is to look at the background of the candidates that represent these parties. What is the program of their party? Did they switched sides in the past? Did they made some promises that they didn’t keep? Do they have credibility? Think about all of this and, most probably, you will find an appropriate candidate. It might not be ideal, but since you have narrowed the choice try to take the best of it.
Now you can go and brag about how you have found who to vote for!
Just remember that political apathy is dangerous. It allows others to choose what they want and you just have to agree and live with it.
Do not choose to live in a world that others have constructed, instead join the construction yourself!