As the 2016 Presidential primary draws nearer and nearer, it’s getting to be the time when you should be thinking about registering to vote, if you haven’t registered already.

Registering with a political party is likely one of the hardest choices you’ll have to make, but, thankfully, it’s not a final one. If you’re registered and you decide that your particular party is no longer for you, you are able to realign yourself with another.

That being said, choosing a political party is still a daunting decision.

When I was registering, the most overwhelming part was trying to find a party that suited what I thought to be the most important issues in the government and otherwise, and a big part of that process is considering what is most important to you, and finding the party that feels the same way.

Though I say that, by no means do you have to agree with everything your party believes in.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll put off the task as long as possible, because there is just so much baggage to go along with any party.

Additionally, within the state of Pennsylvania, if you register as Independent (not aligning with any political party), that removes the possibility of voting in local primaries, and essentially only allows you to vote for President, which may be fine for some.

There’s a common misconception among the general public that the college-age citizen does not care about politics or the running of our government.

However, I believe the issue is not disinterest so much as it is ignorance. So many college students, like myself, are at a loss when it comes to politics.

I’m unashamed to admit that a good deal of my political direction came from the questionnaire on isidewith.com, because it is a blessing that websites like those, tailored to people who have no direction, exist.

The first step to opening up your political third eye is realizing that there are more parties than just the Democrats and Republicans. Life is so much more than elephants and mules.

Look into some of the less-known political parties, like the Green Party and the Libertarian Party. I, myself, am registered as a Green Party member, because I realized that encroaching ozone destruction and global warming, among other environmental concerns, rank very high on my list of Most Important Worldly Concerns. The Green Party takes other concerns to heart as well, and that’s also something that’s important to me.

The name of the Political Party Choice game is, again, what you consider your main concerns with the country. The Democrats, for instance, value job creation and equal pay, whereas the Republicans are right-wing conservatives who strive for remodeling the role of government and the economy.

It really doesn’t take much more than a quick internet search to find the fundamental beliefs of each party, but choosing the right one for you may take months, or, for people like me, years.

 

Some helpful websites to educate you on the political parties are as follows:

  • In general: http://isidewith.com/ (there’s a quiz on the main page to help you find which party suits your interests best, taken with a grain of salt, of course, but helpful to tell you which direction to lean/investigate further
  • Democrats: democrats.org
  • Republicans: gop.com
  • Libertarian Party: lp.org
  • Constitution Party: constitutionparty.com