Have you heard? Voting day is this Tuesday – November 6, 2018.
It has been said that that in the last election the largest party was “did not vote”. If this is true, it makes sense that there is a chorus of voices encouraging us to get out there and change that trend.
I am not here to tell you one way or another who to vote for. I tend to bristle at people telling me what to do. Growing up, I was called stubborn. I like to think of it as strong willed. Either way – in an effort to help you come to your your own conclusions we have put together a quick reference guide to our local elections. Check one or check them all.
I suspect there are others out there whose mailboxes are stuffed with fliers that are colorful, bold and perhaps covered with intimidating statements:
“Candidate X will bring doom upon us all!!”
“Candidate Y is our only hope…”
This may make you feel unsure how to make your vote count. I mean, how am I supposed to make a decision from the information on a piece of card stock? For me, those mailers can go right into the recycling bin.
Maybe you know that you plan to vote, but have been putting off researching. Maybe you are not sure where to get non-partisan information. Maybe you haven’t given it a thought until now. Whatever your circumstance, I invite you to see if you can find a candidate that matches your values as closely as possible:
Type in your address and you will get your national, state and local candidate information as well as any measures
The League says the following about where they get their information:
“We aggregate information from candidate websites, social media, endorsers, and boards of election to help you cast an informed vote. If no information is displayed for a candidate, the information online did not meet our research criteria and was not included.”
If you type in your name and address (option for email appears to be optional), you will be taken to a page that lists national and state candidates. If you need information on your local candidates, you will likely have to do additional research.
They have links directly to each of the candidate’s online pages as well as information about their endorsements and primary election results.
Type in your address and you are presented with your national and state candidates. It has an interesting interactive feature where you can compare any two candidates (I found this helpful when I had a case of information overload)
All of the responses are unedited straight from the candidates
Cheers to you for celebrating almost a century of women’s voting rights!