For Day 2 of Five Days for Democracy, we’re looking at how to find out what’s on your ballot!
If you haven’t heard of Five Days for Democracy, the annual challenge run by the City Club of Cleveland, here’s the info: it’s a weeklong deep dive into democracy and what it means to participate in it, and you can sign up here. Each day for a week, you will get an email with videos, articles to read, and other things that will make you think. This year’s theme is how engaging in local politics is as impactful in voting every four years for president.
Voting down the ballot is more important now than ever, but it can be a daunting process to figure out what issues and candidates are actually on your ballot, especially for local elections. Luckily, there is an easy way to find out: Vote 411! Vote 411 is run by the League of Women Voters, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has been educating voters for over a century.
On the Vote 411 website, click on “Find What’s On Your Ballot” to start, and then enter your street address.
Now you can look at each issue or race, and even click on each candidate to find out more information.* You can look at demographic information and even their stance on particular issues. Plus, you can compare two candidates side by side.
You can also choose to have your ballot summary texted to you, so you remember who to vote for at the polls!
Or if you want to go straight to the source, you can find a PDF of the actual ballot on the Secretary of State’s sample ballot page by selecting your county.
*Note: These sites only work if your area has an election coming up.
For information on past elections, check out Ballotpedia, a nonprofit that is a digital encyclopedia of United States elections and politics.
Check back later this week for more on 5 Days for Democracy!