Vote411.org—Voter Self-Education

Vote411.org—Voter Self-Education

 

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The League of Women Voters provides VOTE411, a free, non-partisan voters guide as a service to the voting public.

Perhaps one of the best known and most important offerings from the League is the Voters Guide.  Less familiar but equally important is Vote 411, where you can simply put in your address and obtain a wealth of election information including a copy of your own ballot.  (www.Vote411.org)

In addition to providing general election information, Vote411 and the Voters Guide poses the same questions to each and every candidate running for a given office. Their responses are printed, without editing, typos and all, so you can compare responses and use that information to help make your decisions about voting.  Voters can take the Voters Guide and any other written materials they want into the polling place. Cellphone use, however, is not allowed. 

After getting a sample ballot from the Elections Administrator's Office, viisit www.VOTE411.org prior to each election to compare the viewpoints of the candidates for those races, select the candidate you prefer, and text or email yourself your candidate selections to take with you when you vote.

The website also offers links to general election information for the state of Texas, such as election dates, registration deadlines, and polling places in Hays County. You can check to make sure you are registered to vote in your county through a link to the state database available on the Vote411.org website.

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Visit Vote411.org to find all the facts before you vote.

Enter your address to find the races on your ballot, your polling place, create your personalized voters' guide and find everything you need to vote! With your personalized guide, you will:

  1. see everything that will be on your ballot,
  2. compare candidates' positions side-by-side,
  3. print out a personalized ballot with your choices to take with you on Election Day.
  4. see other polling locations in Hays County that may be more convenient for you to vote at due to your daily commute*

* Hays County now uses Vote Centers on Election Day. Vote Centers allow voters to vote at any polling location in the county. (Early Voting already could be done at any Early Voting polling location.) A number of other, but not all, counties in Texas use Vote Centers on Election Day.

Are you a military or overseas voter? Overseas Vote Foundation provides nonpartisan voter services for U.S. citizens overseas and for uniformed services members.

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Ballotpedia, the Encyclopedia of American Politics, provides a wealth of historical information about past elections as well as the current one. Like Vote411.org, voters can enter their address to get a list of candidates running for office who will appear on their ballot. The site allows voters to research and select their voting preference and then to email themselves their choices.

The information available from Ballotpedia and that from League of Women Voters Vote411.org come from somewhat different sources.

Vote411.org focuses on asking each candidate the same set of questions so voters can make side-by-side comparisons. The questions are generated by League members familiar with the issues involved in particular races, vetted for neutral language, and approved by the board of a local or state League of Women Voters. Areas that do not have a League of Women Voters organization may not have their local races featured.

Ballotpedia draws on public information available including candidate websites and newspaper articles. 

Both approaches can be valuable in educating oneself before voting. Local races may or may not be available on either site, depending on a variety of factors. The sample ballot available on your local elections administrator's website will list all races and issues being voted on throughout the county. There may be races only available in another part of your county on that sample ballot that you can ignore.

Neither site will necessarily have all races in the same sequence as they appear on your actual ballot. Voters may find it helpful to download and print a sample ballot from the Hays County Elections Administrator's website (see Current Elections and follow links).

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