Get out and vote! It’s a catchy, cute, and simple saying. Unfortunately, it glosses over the incredible responsibility that voting represents — and it omits the most important word: informed.
I generally find that these are a few good rules of thumb:
- If you’re voting because an infographic says you should — don’t;
- If you’re voting for a candidate because of something you heard once by someone, somewhere — don’t.
- And, most importantly, if you’re voting because someone told you to “get out and vote” and you think that’s all there is to it, please stay home.