Last week I defended our newspaper's endorsement policy and touted the fact that we offer ongoing information, both objective and opinionated, throughout the campaign season in order to keep the public informed so they can go to the polls on Election Day with a solid grasp of issues and candidates. Of course, that all requires a little work on the part of voters. You may have to read and take notes.
But how do you touch all the bases in your preparations so you understand what will actually appear on your ballot on Tuesday and have an idea of how you should vote?
A good website to check out is https://indianavoter.in.gov/PublicSite/Public/FT1/PublicOnBallotView.aspx. Once you go to the site, fill in your county, name and birth date, click “find” and up comes a sample ballot that shows exactly what candidates and issues will be on the ballot you will see at the voting booth in your precinct.
The results display the federal, state and local government candidates who will be on your ballot. The list of candidates is supplied and maintained by the Indiana Election Division and the election board of your county. The candidate information is said to be updated daily to reflect additional information provided by the counties.
The News-Sentinel's website, www.news-sentinel.com, lists candidates with the information we asked them to submit. Click on our Voter's Guide icon to find candidate information, an election poll, straw polls and stories we have published on the candidates and the issues. Another sample ballot site is vote-in.org. A nationwide voter source can point you to your local and state elections at www.uselections.com.
And another comprehensive site is www.votesmart.org. On this site you can check out quite a bit of detail about candidates, including how they voted on specific issues. And don't count out the Allen County Election Board website: www.allencounty.us/election-board.
I realize many News-Sentinel readers don't have or use computers. We published a voter's guide special section in Tuesday's paper this week. You may also call the Allen County Election Board at 449-7329 for answers to your questions.
Remember, the bottom line is we as voters have to do our homework. If we don't seek out the information, we won't have what we need to make an informed decision when we cast our ballots on Election Day.
It's really not too much to ask. Let's be informed, and let's vote smart.