Election Myths

November 6, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

In the United States it is Election Day today. Robert Evans, Kristi Harrison, Jim Avery, and Jared Whitley dispelled some of the most popular myths about American elections. Highlights include:

  • It matters who you vote for. Studies suggest that candidates keep 75% of the promises they make. Your vote is your voice about which promises you would like to see fulfilled.
  • It’s not all about the swing voters. In fact, swing voters aren’t really who the candidates are targeting. Instead, it’s about the candidates convincing their own base to come out on Election Day to give their vote.
  • Money does not rule the election. While the amount of money spent in this election is eye-opening, this money is going towards advertizements that help to create a better informed electorate. The auto industry will spend far more this year, trying to court your dollars in exchange for one of their cars. We should hope that candidates spend a comparable amount courting your vote.
  • It’s not all about the gaffes. This election will not be determined by the person who made the biggest slipup – studies suggest that they don’t matter. Informed people, voting for meaningful reasons will decide the individual who will become the next President of the United States.

So if you’re eligible, go vote! And then read the rest of the article which covers several other election myths with Cracked’s signature mix of excellent writing, well researched information, and touches of humour over here.

Source: Cracked