Which Issue Do I Choose?
Voting with a plan means we expect specific outcomes. When we vote for candidates for random reasons, such as their name was the first on the ballot, or just because they look a certain way, or they're not the other candidate, we will probably end up with the same Philly politics.
Like many Philadelphians, the list of things you would like to change in the city may be rather long. However, when we vote with intention, things change.
Our 2017 District Attorney's race provides a shining example of how black women swung the election toward the winning candidate based on the candidate's position on the issues.
Try our Six Steps to Better Voting
We know. Life gets hectic. You don't have to do everything on the list but thinking through why you're walking into that voting booth means that we can start to bend the system toward what we'd like it to be. All of us must find ways to get beyond political advertisements to find effective public servants.
Remember, we're all about using our relationships to make our communities better. If you take a step back, you may find that you already do many things on the list, but not as strategically as this plan. We've also got you covered.
Choose at least one issue or policy that you would like to see continued, reformed, stopped, or put in place. Check out this Philly.com article to compare the City Council candidates' positions on the issues. (Check back for articles about other offices.)
Find information about the candidate's position from sources other than a candidate's mailers (literature) and campaign commercials. Check Google and Tip number 5 our list.
- Identify the source of all political mail and ads. Listen to our 2-minute discussion with WURD's Vincent Thompson to master this skill.
Try to observe the candidate(s) in various settings.
- Candidate forums, candidate conversations, and videos often provide a different perspective.
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Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors. They may have a different opinion of the candidate.
Make friends with people who can provide you with trustworthy information about other issue areas so you can divide up the work when choosing multiple candidates.
Ready to pick candidates?
You've done more work than most voters. It's time to pick candidates & decide how you'll vote on the ballot questions.