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Regional Elections: Case for Strategic Voting Registration

posted Dec 30, 2016, 12:54 AM by Rahni Jere Sumler   [ updated Dec 30, 2016, 9:24 AM ]

If the 2016 Election has demonstrated anything,  it is that our elections are currently determined by the different regions and not by individual votes. The electoral college is an attempt to make the more populated electorate in metropolitan areas have just as much weight as the sparsely populated electorate in the rural areas. Without this feature metropolitan areas would always dominate the election which has caused turmoil in our nation's history before.


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The system isn't totally fair. There are many problems with the way districts are drawn, influencing how the different regions represent their electorate (Northeast, SouthEast, Middle America, SouthWest Far West). This is especially telling in local career politicians who draw lines around the communities who vote for them, otherwise known as gerrymandering.

One way to combat this regional influence is to vote more strategically. Currently I vote in North Carolina but I live in New York. This is for a few reasons.  My family owns ancestral land in the country. There have been issues with environmental injustice, including Duke Power dumping coal ash into our water source. NYC where I currently live votes liberally. They do not need my vote as much as the redder state, NC.

It also makes far more sense to vote in a place where I own something verses somewhere else where I only rent.

Most importantly, it has become far easier to vote remotely.  Even in a small towns in Rockingham County, there are political blogs and online newspapers, and local news streaming.

 

I also use ballotpedia.org to research ballots. NC offers absentee voting as well, allowing voting by mail. I have voted this way majorly since I started voting in 2012.

 

After talking to my fellow alumni at A&T, students, and people with family in majorly red states we agreed that these were the best ways to vote strategically:

Voting where your family is living. Majority of the time for people of color, it is either a conservative dominated state or a place in dire need of electoral support. This will affect the Senant, house, and especially local elections that have more control over the quality of life of people.

Investing in land in these state as reality is cheap with few taxes. Register to vote there and continue to live where you are currently. Now is particularly opportune time because of the new home owner tax rebates.

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