According to recent reports, Americans are obtaining more and more of their news from social media. This can be troublesome if your feed is not carefully curated. If you plan to gather your news from social media, keep in mind that the internet is a place where anyone can publish anything. It is crucial to remember that not every story you read on a website will be accurate.
After the 2016 election, NPR published an article advising readers how to catch fake news on their social media timeline. The article instructs readers to look at website domain names and URLs, read the “About Us” section, and pay attention to quotes.
Local newspapers are also often good sources of voter information, particularly regarding the many local races and referendums that you are likely to encounter on your ballot this November 8.
Finally, there is no substitute for doing your own research on the various candidates who are seeking your vote. Look up their backgrounds, voting histories, and publicly available statements. Have they supported or championed positions on issues that are important to you? Do you believe they have the character to lead and make rational decisions in office?
As health care providers, sharing our perspectives by voting is a privilege. Make sure to vote on (or before) November 8!