It’s time to do your civic duty and cast your vote in the Presidential general election! Every vote counts, so get out there and help make history!
What does Voting have to do with Wellness? First, voting is good for your emotional well-being and self-esteem! Media bombardment and campaign negativity can be distracting and even stressful. However, remember well-being also means doing the right thing. It means community and civic involvement, conscientiousness, and ethical health. It feels good to know that we are fulfilling our obligations. Some call that civic virtue. And virtue is a keystone of health.
Background: The United States presidential election of 2016, scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016, will be the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election. This election will determine the 45th President and 48th Vice President of the United States and the replacement for the incumbent president, Barack Obama.
Businessman and reality television personality Donald Trump became the Republican Party‘s presidential nominee on July 19, 2016, after defeating U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Governor of Ohio John Kasich, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and other candidates in the Republican primary elections. If elected, Trump would become the oldest president to take office. Former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York, Hillary Clinton, became the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee on July 26, 2016, after defeating U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. If elected, she’d be the first female president. Libertarian Party nominee and former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson, has ballot access in all 50 states and Green Party nominee and former physician Jill Stein has ballot access in enough states to win the electoral college.
Who should I vote for? If you haven’t decided who you’re going to vote for yet, now is the time to get educated! Go to https://www.isidewith.com/ and take the quiz to see how your beliefs align with the potential candidates. You can also learn more about how the candidates are polling and get insights into the candidate’s political stances.
When do I vote? You may be able to vote early and you can definitely vote at your local voting location on November 8th during the general election. For information about your state’s options for early voting, click this link: https://www.vote.org/early-voting-calendar/.
Where do I vote? Not know where to go to vote? Google’s search tool can help you. Go here and type in your registered address into the search bar. Google will tell you what to do and where to go from there (thank you Google!). Your location may be open as early as 7am local time and not close for as many as 15 hours on election day.
What do I need to take with me when I vote?: Most states require some form of identification before voting, so take your voter card and ID card just to be safe!
Need more information?: Check out https://www.rockthevote.com/. It’s packed with great resources for unanswered voting questions you may have.