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Core Values Behind Psychology Of Voting

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For three days voters have lined up for early voting at the Election board. For many this election is very personal.

From verbal punches, and repeated negative blows, the 20-12 election has hit way below the belt.

"What elections do is they force us to choose to state our priorities and our commitments and that creates tension," says Joe Bessler who teaches religion and politics at Phillips Theological Seminary. Bessler says when the tension of an election is played out on a national stage, it can create conflicts, within families and friends.

"If you pour on to that, all of the advertising that says our candidate is a day in the park and your candidate is a bum, that just like pours fuel on the fire," says Bessler.

In the last 8-10 years the political landscape has also become more polarizing.

"If you look at the leadership of the parties and what they call the party base" says Eldon Eisenach, a political scholar," is who we're going to give money and time then clearly they're going to pick candidates who are polarizing. "

That's why we see such deep tension and fiery passion about politics.

Our vote reflects our beliefs which Bessler says comes from our sense of security, well-being, obligation to our neighbor and anxiety and hope about the future. no matter the what names are on the campaign signs.

Expect to see even more campaign signs up tomorrow around the polling places. While the voting technically ends tomorrow the emotions behind it will live on.

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