Prepare yourself for the midterm election

Anna Staver, a political journalist for the Denver Post, described the Post’s research into the past of those running in Colorado’s elections during a Humanities Nebraska open forum about two weeks ago. In hopes of giving voters “a full picture of their options for representation Nov. 6,” the post conducted background checks and found various DUI, drug and assault charges in some of the candidate’s pasts.

So how well do you know your candidates?

Whether Republican or Democrat, we need to know who and what we are voting for. In a time of political divide, it will not do to simply mark the box that corresponds with your political party during these midterm elections. 

It can be intimidating to know who we are voting for and what causes matter most to us. Campaigns, like “No Excuses,” “Rock the Vote” and “Head Count,” have made it easier than ever to figure out who will be on your ballot and what their stances on issues are. 

The resources are there. Do your research. Know that while candidates will tell you what you want to hear. 

During the Nebraska Press Association Hall of Fame Induction Oct. 19, Governor Pete Ricketts described the importance of the press. He noted that our key roles as journalists were to hold government accountable.

We agree wholeheartedly with that statement. However, it is odd to hear that statement coming from a man who supports our current president, someone who is very vocal about his distrust of the media. 

It is easy to listen to each politician tell us what we want to hear, but what issues matter to us? Do you want to elect an official who supports the second amendment? Do you want to elect an official that sided with Brett Kavanaugh? 

You have five days to determine what issues truly matter to you and find a candidate whose values align with your viewpoints. 

Do you find a problem with your current officials that are running for office? Vote them out. 

The Declaration of Independence states the “[g]overnments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it….”

That was our founding father’s long-winded way of saying the government is put in place to serve us. If you do not like our government and the decisions they have made, change it. 

If you bought a lottery ticket thinking you might have a chance at winning, you should believe your vote can make a difference. 

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