VOTE411.org, an online voter information guide for November 2016 elections, is now available to all citizens of Oak Ridge. Sponsored locally by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, VOTE411 began in 2006 at the national League level. Nearly 300 local leagues are now participating, a press release said.
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.
After accessing www.VOTE411.org, a user is prompted to enter his or her address, which is used to identify one’s voting district from federal and state geographic information system (GIS) data. The races 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 in VOTE411 went out to candidates via email in mid-September. 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 submitted by LWVOR members. By reading the responses, voters can see where each candidate stands on the pertinent issues. Candidates who have not responded are encouraged to participate.
The Oak Ridge League of Women Voters website, www.lwvoakridge.org, has links to VOTE411.org, a guide to navigate and use the site, and information on upcoming candidate forums and other League sponsored events. Questions about VOTE411 may be sent to [email protected].
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.
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