Part 2. Researching the issues, candidates, and ballot measures

Find out what’s at stake for your community this election! Don’t forget to flip over the ballot: it’s just as important to participate in local races and initiatives as it is to vote for national candidates, since state and local elections can have a significant impact on whose interests are represented and how resources are distributed in your area. Use the links below to identify candidates in your district, find sample ballots and information on candidate affiliations and disclosures, access resources on how to evaluate a candidate, find candidate ratings and reports, and stay up-to-date on the issues with news alerts. #PWNVotes!

  1. imageFind the candidates running in your district using this interactive map from the AIDS United Voter Center (the tool can be used to search by zip code or a candidate’s name).

  1. Sign up for your local candidates’ newsletters to find out more information about their platforms, upcoming events, and opportunities for candidate engagement.

  1. Use your address or zip code to find information on candidates or “sample ballots” for elections taking place in your area.  You can also find information on state or local ballot propositions or initiatives here.

  1. Your County Registrar or Board of Elections website may provide useful candidate profiles with party affiliations, caucus and committee memberships, and information on public campaign finance disclosures. Visit your local county website or find your local elections board here.

  1. The League of Women Voters provides useful downloadable resources on “How to Judge a Candidate” based on their policy stances, leadership qualities and experience.

  1. Many advocacy organizations produce candidate reports or scorecards, assigning ratings or grades to candidates based on their voting records on particular policy issues. Planned Parenthood Action Fund compiles a scorecard to educate voters about members of Congress’ record of support for women’s health.

  1. Stay updated! Receive regular news updates on key races or support and opposition for ballot propositions or initiatives by setting up news alerts on Google. Click here to learn how.