VOTE411.org, an online voter information guide, is available to all citizens of Anderson and Roane counties. Sponsored locally by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, VOTE411 began in 2006 at the national League level. More than 220 Leagues are now participating.
The site allows users to compare candidates for office in their district, select their choices, and create a ballot summary that they can print out, take with them to the polling place, or share. To access the guide, the user should go to www.VOTE411.org and follow the prompts.
After accessing the site, users are prompted to enter their address, which is used to identify their voting district from U.S. Census Bureau GIS data. The races and referenda provided should be identical to those on the ballot for that voting district. The address information and candidate selections provided by users will not be collected or retained.
Invitations to participate went out to candidates via email. These invitations included a link for the candidate to attach a photo, update personal information, and respond to several questions pertaining to the office he or she is pursuing. The questions were derived from events in the news and recent candidate forums. By reading the responses, voters can see where each candidate stands on the pertinent issues.
The Oak Ridge League of Women Voters website has links to VOTE411.org as well as a guide to navigate and use the site. The LWVOR website link to election information is www.lwvoakridge.org/election2014.html.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization for men and women, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.