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How Education can Influence the way People Vote

The purpose of learning is to permanently change the behaviour of a person for the better. Hence, when a person is educated this would definitely change the way he votes. This is because what a person has assimilated from his education would manifest itself in his actions. The following are ways in which education could do that.  

*Education widens people’s perspective

When people learn about different cultures and practices, they tend to be more understanding and tolerant of other people’s practices. This would allow them to vote for people who do not belong to their own ethnic race or religion. The point of focus would then be on the candidates’ platforms or reform agendas.

Education provides more knowledge needed for a well-informed vote

People who get to read more about these candidates would have a more detailed knowledge about the candidates’ focus and proposed platforms. A person can also be educated through constant reading, and this would certainly allow him to select a person whom he thinks has more credible plans for the citizenry. Educational institutions also encouraged information dissemination to their students, who are of voting age, to help them out with their choices.  

*Education helps voters discern the true nature of the candidate

Although some people could naturally discern the character of a person without obtaining education, educated people are still equipped with the proper tools to discern a person’s character. Educated people can do this through psychology, behavioral and cognitive analysis.  

*Education enables voters to evaluate the economic platform of a candidate

If a person is educated, he would more or less understand the intricate process of how the economy works and similar topics. With this significant information, he can then evaluate the candidates’ economic policies if these are sound and reliable. This would influence the way he would vote.  

*Education eliminates misinformation of voters

Sometimes, uneducated voters just go to the poll and vote whoever is the most popular. If voters are educated though, they usually find a way to learn and read about the candidate before arriving at a decision. Education also creates a moral conscience for educated voters to know all about the candidates before they go to the polls.

These are all ways in which education could influence the way people vote. Being educated is always an advantage in this growing and dynamic era of computers and state-of-the-art technology. Education plays a major role in any aspect of man’s growth, development and progress and the process of voting is not an exception.

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