I’d like to talk about something I don’t think I’ve ever talked about here before and that is politics. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking don’t do it, Cathy, don’t do it, but I feel like I need to because this year is possibly the most important election year of my entire lifetime. I promise not to get into specifics because that is definitely something I’m not ready to do here, but I think it’s pretty safe to talk in generalities without getting anyone too upset, right?
This year’s election is important to me for many reasons, but one of the most personal reasons is that it’s my son’s first time voting. He turns 18 in a week and has been looking forward to this November since the beginning of the year. We even caucused (is that a word?) together and not only did it help me learn more about the process, but it also made me feel more involved. As the year has worn on we’ve watched several debates together and read endless news articles, but it’s gotten a bit overwhelming at times. I have a feeling we’re not alone with feeling that way, either, because there is definitely a lot of information from various sources and it’s often tough to know if what you’re reading is reliable or if it’s slanted in one direction or the other. I’ll be honest, I’ll be glad when November comes and goes and we have a new President and can focus on other things like mindless reality television and football season.
If you’re like me you like to try and get your political information from as unbiased a source as possible because aside from hearing a candidate speak first hand there really is no way to know for sure what information is real and what’s the not-so-true. One of my favorite ways to stay up-to-date with this year’s election information has been to use the U.S. Presidential Election 2016 App on my Samsung Galaxy S7. Not only can I check the debate schedule (the first one is this coming Monday, September 26th, by the way), but I also get regular updates when there are new articles to read. I love that they are all in one place for when I have the time to scroll through and pick which ones I’d like to read. Of course all the major channels, like CNN, Fox News, and C-Span have their own apps as well, but I like that this app keeps everything in one place for me and ensures that I’ll get information from several different sources instead of just one.
I suppose before I start recommending apps for you to download on your smartphone I should share a really handy and informative website where you can register to vote. Yes, you read that correctly! You can actually register to vote online. If you’re registered already, excellent, if not you can visit (or recommend it to someone else) the RegisterToVote website. I had no idea you could register to vote online, did you? It isn’t available to everyone, but as of April 2016 31 states, including the District of Columbia, offer residents the opportunity to register to vote online. Not only is it convenient, but it’s also fast and super simple, which is why they’re hoping it motivates folks to register to vote for the upcoming election. This year’s Presidential election is shaping up to be one of the closest in history, so voting could be more important than ever before and I definitely plan to visit my local polling place.
How about you? Are you registered to vote? Do you plan to vote this year? Am I asking too many personal questions? Because I tend to do that sometimes. It’s okay if you don’t want to answer any of them, but I hope you do because I’d love to know the answers. No judgement, I promise.
Disclosure: I’m a compensated member of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
P.S. Don’t forget to download, personalize, and get your entire family on the same page with this handy Parent/Child Cell Phone Contract! You can thank you me later.