From what we can see, the 2016 election has some major controversy. Many voters are struggling to decide between the two candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, saying that they are stuck picking between the lesser of two evils. Some voters are even saying they will take a step back from voting during the election.

While I still have no idea who I will vote for when voting day comes around, I find myself realizing that I, as well as many others around me, are not informed whatsoever about where the candidates stand on important issues. Lately, all I’ve been hearing about the election are either Trump being supposedly racist or the latest update on Hillary’s deleted emails. At the end of the day, neither of these things really help me decide who I believe will be best fit for the U.S. presidency. So if you’re like me and think that you might have an idea about what is going on in the election but really have no idea about the important issues that will actually affect you then keep reading.

When it comes to higher education plans, which all students should be concerned about, Hillary appears to have all the right things to say. She is proposing a $350 billion plan to help students refinance their debt after graduation. This plan would allow students to have access to more grants as well as use their existing loans more extensively such as for living expenses. She claims this would allow students to pay for college without having to take out as many loans and penalize universities whose students could not pay off their debt after graduation. Trump on the other hand, has yet to announce a higher education plan. However, he has opposed Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sander’s plans for debt free education.

Another issue that has been controversial due to the enormous amount of violence that has struck our country recently is gun control. Trump, who has been endorsed by the NRA, believes taking guns from law abiding citizens is wrong. According to CNN, Trump states, “Gun control does not reduce crime. It has consistently failed to stop violence.” Hillary on the other hand is moderately liberal on her stance on gun laws saying that background checks should be processed before legally being able to buy a gun. Citizens on terror watch lists or no fly lists should not be able to purchase guns saying, “And yes, if you’re too dangerous to get on a plane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America.” She also believes military grade weapons should not be able to be purchased by citizens for recreational or commercial purposes.

As laws have been passed legalizing gay marriage in all states, there has been a strong divide between the democratic and republican candidates. Hillary Clinton celebrated the decision made by the supreme court as shown by her Twitter on April 16th, 2016.150428093252-hillary-clinton-gay-marriage-twitter-exlarge-169

Trump opposed the decision saying that states should have the right to decide whether or not to legalize gay marriage and even mentioned overturning the decision if elected.

While there are far too many issues to write or read about in one sitting, this is a stepping stone to deciding who you will vote for come November. Writing this article made me just a little bit less clueless about these important issues and I hope reading this did the same for you. If you are too lazy to go out and research more about the presidential candidates and upcoming election, here are the links to each candidates Twitter pages:

Donald Trump’s Official Twitter Account

Hillary Clinton’s Official Twitter Account

And for more information:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/09/us/politics/donald-trump-vs-hillary-clinton-where-they-stand-on-education.html?_r=0

http://presidential-candidates.insidegov.com/compare/40-70/Hillary-Clinton-vs-Donald-Trump