The results of an unscientific poll conducted of undergraduates around campus might have revealed a clue as to why no one is eager to voice their opinion on the candidates.  Three quarters of the people polled said some version of "I want to participate, but I'm not confident that I understand the candidates or the issues." So, as a service to Trailblazer readers and to promote civic awareness among MidAmerica's largely 18-to-24-year-old demographic, I have read through the major candidate's web sites and present the following nonpartisan summaries of those candidates' positions:

Donald J. Trump

Photo by Michael Vadon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.Photo by Michael Vadon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders

Ted Cruz

Marco Rubio

So now that you know more about the issues, here are some sites where you can research how to get registered, become better informed and make a plan to participate and vote:

The Johnson County election office can be found at is maintained by the National Association of Secretaries of State.