The Uncertain Voter

The Uncertain Voter

For many of us, this will be the first election cycle that we are eligible to participate in. For many of us, this privileged decision has come to down to what some would describe as picking the lesser of two evils.



The circus that is our current political landscape is just about to come to its end in around a month's time and I'm still left feeling uncertain about where to cast my vote.


Millions watched as the two debated this past week at my home university.


I went to bed Monday night with no insight on what exactly either of them would actually do to address the issues that are important to me and I'm sure that I wasn't the only one (Lester Holt included) who was left with their questions unanswered.


It seemed as though each question that the moderator prompted fell on deaf ears and the responses generated to America were only evidence to support the claim that 'you hate me less than you hate the person standing next to me'.


I went to bed feeling as though I had just watched an entire football game between two teams that I care nothing about. It's fun to have a team to root for but what do you do if you don't?


My absentee ballot arrived in the mail this week and has sat on my counter, untouched for days. It feels like the elephant in the room that must be addressed eventually. But "an elephant in the room" was never something I imagined to be analogous to the privilege of voting.


It's hard for me to believe that there was a time in our nation's history that people rallied behind their candidates and were proud to say that they support them in full.


The botched nature of this election cycle could be attributed to a number of factors gone awry.


Each candidate's history alone has made the decision to vote for one of them all the more difficult. It also hasn't helped that the mainstream media has continued to fail us by floundering in providing its subscribers with substantive coverage.


Maybe the feeling of uncertainty and hesitation to support one of the two options is generational. It's certainly a millennial approach -- we are so individualistic that one person can't possibly represent all of our ideas.


Whatever it may be, I think it's safe to say that I'm not the only one who will feel a sense of retribution as I cast my very first vote next month.


Many are critical of indecision because it  tends to incite the idea that that person dismisses the idea of voting altogether.


However, this election, in particular, is so multifarious, that whatever you do, or don't do for that matter, will affect the outcome.


Know that it's okay to be uncertain right now. We still have a month to go!


The best way to move forward even if you are unsure is to do your homework. Study, not only the candidates themselves but the issues that they plan to address and most importantly, how the plan to address them.


Be an educated voter. You don't have to subscribe to one of the candidates in full but at least have a substantive reason to support the decision that you make on November 8.


Read Briana's previous blog posts

Experience a Day in the Life of an Intern at The Washington Center

Learn More