Election 2012: Relating to the Issues

As Election Day (Nov. 6) quickly approaches, the internet is abuzz with infographics and articles suggesting which candidate is leading in the polls, who won what debate, and what voters are saying on social media platforms.

While I admit that Obama’s “fewer horses and bayonets” comment elicited a snort, and that I would be a liar if I said I didn’t enjoy the Big Bird memes, I feel like the issues have taken something of a back seat of late.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good social media buzz as much as the next PR nerd, but I also believe that it’s important for voters to take a step back and assess the major issues and how they relate to them.

Planning Pod recently released an infographic discussing the 2012 election issues and the opinions of small business owners. It suggests that 97% of small business owners vote in national contests and that 40% of small business owners believe health care is a major issue in the 2012 election.

GooglePolitics released the following infographic that does a great job of breaking down some of the major issues and presenting them in a manner that makes them easy to understand.

Personally, I found some of the new voting legislation to be a bit confusing and referred to one of my politically-charged lawyer friends for clarification. I didn’t want something as silly as an I.D. or needing to renew my voter’s registration card to come between the polls and my vote.

I hate to hear young adults say, “I’m just voting for X because X.” That’s not a REAL reason! If you can’t support your reason for voting for your candidate with a sound reason, then perhaps you shouldn’t be participating in election 2012 at all!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I really, really want you to take a moment to at least glance at the issues and some of the information that’s available before you submit your vote on November 6. It’s all good and well to remain loyal to your political party, but one should definitely take the time to formulate an informed opinion before voting and signing on for four years of this or that.

Leave a comment in my comment box expressing the issue you relate to the most. Please don’t just leave an #Obama2012 or . . . well, whatever catchy phrase Mitt Romney’s team is rolling with for election 2012 on Twitter.

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Yasheaka Oakley Owens

Yasheaka Oakley Owens is the owner of YOakleyPR, a woman-owned small business that provides public relations, social media, and online marketing support services to small businesses and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware.

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