We’re fortunate to live in a country where we get to help decide who our leaders are going to be. It’s not always any easy choice, and you don’t always get the best candidates to choose from. What are the key factors that help you decide who to vote for?


Most of the people on the planet don’t get to decide who their leaders are going to be. The decisions are made for them. Even though the process is reasonably sloppy in America, we do get some semblance of a say. Tuesday November 4 is yet another one of those days where we have to decide who our leader is going to be for the next four years.

Talk to ten different people, and you’ll get ten different answers about who they’re voting for and why. Some people are driven by emotion. Others because they just don’t like one candidate or another. Most people are driven by issues, although the exact issue and importance will vary from person to person.

Jason Hiner has already pointed out how the candidates stand on tech issues. He also asked who you were planning to vote for. Being Decision Central and focusing on the reasons why we do some of the things we do, I thought it would be interesting to see what the key issues that drive your voting decisions are.

Vote early and vote often

Below I’ve listed some of the key issues of the day. Pick your top issue and then let me know in the discussion how important those issues are compared to the others.

Go vote for real

If you’re not in a state that allows early voting, make sure you get out and hit the polls early.  (That is, unless you’re voting for the other guy, in which case wait until Wednesday when the polls are less busy.)

For those of you lucky TR members who are overseas, say a little prayer for us here in the States. Things will probably be just as ugly after tomorrow, if not more so.