Local elections are critical. Much of our daily lives is governed by our local elected officials. Your choices down-ballot on Election Day are just as important as your vote for federal officials. Here are some resources to help you inform your choices in local elections:
The League of Women Voters’ Vote 411 website is a non-partisan tool that allows you to get personalized voting information. With this tool, you input your address and can learn about your local candidates, find your polling place, and discover upcoming debates in your area. You can select which candidates you’d like to vote for, and Vote 411 will send you an example ballot that you can take with you to your polling place on Election Day.
Other resources that may be helpful are put out by nonprofit organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and Sierra Club, and labor organizations like the American Federation of Teachers. These organizations often publish voting records, questionnaires, and endorsements. Do a web search for your local chapters of these organizations in order to find localized information. These materials can help to better inform your voting decisions.
With these resources, you can make informed decisions about your local elections and vote for candidates who support the common good.