Research prevents blind voting

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By Alyssa Kobylarek
MI First Election staff writer

With all the commotion about the 2012 election, it’s hard not to be influenced by other people’s opinions, but is that a way to decide how to vote?

Most young people get their election information from the internet, social media sites and the television. With popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter, everyone likes to share their views about the candidates.

Michigan State University student Jillian Knapp said she tries hard not to be biased by her friends and family.

“I didn’t know my family’s views before I went home to vote,” Knapp said. “I try to keep my own opinion about the subject and not go by what others are saying.”

Alexandra Jump, a junior at Michigan State, said her parents don’t tell her who they’re voting for because they want her to have her own opinion and not base it off what they think.

All over Facebook, people post their views and opinions about the candidates and who they feel should win. Even with so much debate, students still stick to their opinions and try not to let others influence them.

“There are so many Facebook statuses where people are promoting their favorite candidate, but reading those doesn’t make me want to switch sides and vote for the other person,” Knapp said.

Some voters choose who they’re voting for based on their personality and looks, but not all students make that a primary factor.

Emily Mccaleb, a student at Michigan State University, doesn’t let that influence her.

“I voted for my candidate primarily based on what they’re going to do if they get elected,” Mccaleb said. “I do have a favorite candidate, but by the way they carry and present themselves as a person.”

Doing research and staying informed about the issues during the elections is the best way to form opinions and choose the candidate that is right for you and to avoid being ill-informed and voting blindly.

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