With a big election happening tomorrow in the United States, we thought we would take a look at how Kate would vote – if, of course, she could.
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But just because Kate can’t vote, it doesn’t mean we can’t extrapolate based on her life about how she would vote if she were able. Here are three things that answer the question of how Kate would vote.
Research on Candidates
We believe it is very important to take the time to research the candidates, their positions everything from social to economic plans and to be sure you are fully aware of what you are casting your vote for – and it is most certainly what Kate would do. Think only of the tremendous amount of time that goes into the preparations for Kate’s Royal Visits overseas. She needs to be aware of the causes and charities she will be visiting, cognizant of what designers she chooses to wear to engagements and then also prepared to have conversations with political, religious or regal leaders of the destinations. Kate and her team spend weeks – months, even – preparing and researching everything from a political climate to the actual climate before even stepping on a plane.
As a member of the public, you should definitely spend the time to get to know the candidates you are voting for and most importantly what plans they have laid out if elected. In some instances, there will be no perfect candidate for you . You might not agree with everything a candidate stands for, but you can make an educated decision after investigating their positions to choose the candidate which you feel most aligned to and that will be best able to support your country and/or region in the future. One of the worst things you can do related to voting is cast a ballot without spending time considering what it means.
Voting as soon as possible
With tomorrow’s United States presidential election so close, this one is perhaps a little too late, but it bears keeping in mind for the next time an election rolls around. Early voting is a great thing for several reasons: it ensures that you won’t have something come up on election day that makes it impossible to get to a polling station, you can choose from a wider variety of days and times to cast your ballot to accommodate your schedule and, my favourite, it means you don’t have to wait in what can be excruciatingly long lines of voters and potentially not be able to cast your vote before the deadline.
Kate would definitely be a believer in this method – especially if the early voting enabled a mail-in ballot which means she did not have to be in a crowd or photographed. As someone with small children, a large staff, two homes and a very busy social calendar, it’s crucial for Kate to remain organized. While she absolutely has help in that large staff to assist her with remaining organized, she’d surely appreciate the opportunity to vote early when lines are often not existent and several days are available to choose from so she could work in the important task of voting with her busy life.
Remaining politely neutral in public
As a member of the Royal Family, Kate never shares her opinion about many things so as to be seen to court favour, appear to have a conflict of interest or potentially swing a decision. While she clearly values things such as mental health, addiction support and children’s hospice care, she is never seen speaking about the political sides of these issues. While some people may say that this is repressed (and in some ways, it is) it is also something that is done for a reason. Not everyone will share your opinion and, in an era of social media where so many things are public, it may be best to not shout your political views from the rooftops so as to not dissuade potential future misuse of this information. Many people seem to forget this around the passion of an election – especially one as charged as the United States Presidential election tomorrow.
Now that is not saying that you shouldn’t have views and share them with family and friends, but in many cases it is best to leave the opinions as private conversations rather than public declarations. While your opinion is valuable, your vote is researched (see #1!) and you have every right in the world to share it, you can’t forget that not everyone will share your opinion. If one person’s opinion is different from another, it opens up the opportunity to have a meaningful debate about the issues… But it unfortunately seems that meaningful debates have lost way to vicious name-calling, crude threats of violence or even personal attacks.
I can imagine William & Kate sharing dinners in St.Andrews as students getting to know each other’s thoughts on issues, and if rumours are to be believed, there have been heated political discussions during royal family gatherings… But Kate remains publicly neutral. Here is one example why: I have a friend who declared their thoughts about a candidate for tomorrow’s Presidential Election. They shared how they felt aligned with this candidate and outlined how they thought the other candidate was lacking. Sounds harmless, right? It may have been, amongst friends, but this friend declared their thoughts on their public Facebook profile. Their employer viewed these comments, which did not align with theirs, and while everyone is entitled to legally share their opinions, it has dramatically influenced how that friend has been treated at work. They are no longer invited to lunch with their boss as they had been in the past and the difference in opinions has resulted in some awkward conversations. It’s a real side to the reality of living in a social media world.
If there is one thing we know that Kate would support, it is for everyone to get out and vote – no matter who or what you are voting for. Cast your ballot, watch the results and celebrate the fact that we are privileged to live in countries where we are able to vote. That is, most certainly, what Kate would do.