Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Featured Online Resource:

The web site is provided by the League of Women Voters, and includes a variety of information related to elections.

Of particular note is the Search by State and Topic option. This lets you find information such as early or absentee voting, ID requirements, polling places, and more that are specific to each state.

Know your Candidates and Understand the Ballot Measures

Another feature that is very helpful is the Candidate and Ballot Measure Information  Often, it is easy to find information about candidates for state and Federal offices, but local candidates can be more challenging.

Go to Candidate and Ballot Measure Information. Enter your address. (You must enter and address that exactly matches one of the suggestions that appear as you type, so be sure to click one of these options when you see a match.) Then, select the Show My Races button.  At this point, you can choose a particular office, and then compare 2 candidates at a time.  Some candidates may not have responded to the League of Women Voters questionnaire, and so their pages will be empty.

If there is a ballot measure on your ticket, information is often provided about the pros and cons for voting for or against that measure.

Save your selections!
This tool also provides check-boxes that allow you to make selections for future reference.  Use the Finish button at the top of the page if you would like to print or email yourself a list of your selections which you can bring with you when you vote! (If you don't see the Finish  button, click on View my Races.)

This tool provides straightforward, balanced information to help you make an educated choice when you vote. It is a little tricky to work with, but with patience, you should feel much more prepared when you go to your polling place!

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