Questions of whether you voted, who you plan to vote for, or even just your opinions on political issues, are always hot topics of discussion during an election year.
For many, when asked who they are going to vote for, they would rather keep the information private; however, there are some who will directly answer the question. There are even some who will voluntarily give you the information. But I believe that who you vote for should stay between you and the ballot.
With such an unprecedented election year, where some people are participating in absentee ballot voting, and some are doing early in-person voting, there are more chances than ever for people to share this information with you. I understand that as an American citizen the First Amendment gives you the right to tell people who you voted for and I am not opposing that. But I do believe it is a matter of courtesy and privacy.
I know that everyone in America is entitled to their belief systems and that we are encouraged to challenge each other with our opinions. We are encouraged to have open, free, political conversations to educate one another about different beliefs.
I will always support American citizens’ rights to have political conversations, but we can have those political conversations without sharing who we voted for. We can have those political conversations without screaming at each other because of our differences. But in today’s political climate, having those types of conversations has become harder and harder.
Personally, I don’t want to know who you voted for. Who you decide to vote for is up to you. That is your choice which you alone should make through an educated decision. Still, in the last few weeks, I have seen images posted on social media of filled-out ballots and even professors telling me who they will and will not vote for.
Political discussions have become more common throughout classrooms, which I understand are needed, especially during a presidential election year, but what is not needed is for a professor to tell me who he/she is voting for.
Frankly, I do not believe that it is a professor’s place to vocalize who they are voting for or their political beliefs. A classroom is supposed to be a learning environment, a place where people can discuss their opinions judgment free.
But knowing who your professor voted for or plans to vote for makes having political conversations much more difficult. Though being judged for your political beliefs is not something that students should have to worry about, unfortunately, it is a big part of the world we leave in.
That is why I believe it is so important for teachers, professors, and educators to refrain from telling their students their political beliefs, or who they are voting for.
A professor’s disclosure of their favored candidate could affect the students’ choice of candidate as well. As sad as it is to say, some students will jump on the bandwagon, rather than doing the appropriate research about available candidates.
There is a time and place for sharing your political beliefs. In my opinion, it is important to know when is and when is not an appropriate time. I am not trying to dissuade people from sharing their political beliefs. I only hope that this reminds everyone to be courteous, respectful and mindful of when and who you share your beliefs with.
With election day looming on Nov. 3 many will be casting their votes.
Early in-person voting opened Oct. 13 until Nov. 2while the deadline to request an absentee ballot has passed. However, for those who have already requested it, make sure to mail them with a postmarked date on or before Nov. 3. Ballots must be received before Nov. 6.
I encourage everyone to go out and vote this year, regardless of who you vote for. Whoever you do decide, know that it is your right to do so, but please be courteous and respectful of other people’s beliefs and consider keeping who you vote for between you and your ballot.