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Understanding voting

Deciding who to vote for

Summary

You need information to make your decision. It’s your responsibility to find it! Here are a few things to think about to help you decide.

What to consider

  • Consider your values and talk to your family, friends and colleagues about the issues that affect you.
  • Follow the news.
  • Browse social media and check the sources of all content.
  • Compare your ideas, interests and values with those of the candidates, whether they are independent candidates or from the various political parties. You may answer questions to find out which party platform most closely matches your priorities.
  • Ask questions to candidates you meet, question them on social media, send them an email or attend public debates.
  • Visit the websites of political parties and independent candidates to better understand their commitments and platforms.
  • Consult the list of candidates.

Check the facts

Be critical of the news you see in the media. Ask yourself the following questions before you believe a post or share it with others.

  • Is the article from a media outlet or website that you know?
  • Is the author of the article a journalist?
  • Can you verify the facts stated in the text? Does the article contain references?
  • Is the headline unnecessarily attention grabbing? Does it really reflect the content of the news item?
  • Have other media outlets reported on the story?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, be cautious—it could be fake news. If you wish to form your own opinion, we recommend that you check the reliability of information sources.

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