How to be an informed voter?

I just turned 18 and I want to be an informed voter but I have no idea where to start. I have never really followed politics but I want to change that with this coming election. There's so much information in the media it's a tad bit overwhelming. Then there's all the things I get from family and friend..."you... show more I just turned 18 and I want to be an informed voter but I have no idea where to start. I have never really followed politics but I want to change that with this coming election. There's so much information in the media it's a tad bit overwhelming. Then there's all the things I get from family and friend..."you should vote for so and so bc..." I want to be able to make an informed decision on my own without undue influence. Any suggestions as to where I could start?
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