If you choose the third, and arguably best option, but you have no idea where to start to find information on candidates, try any of the following organizations through the links provided:
* VoteSmart. Put in the name of the politician you want to research, it will bring up a picture of the candidate, you click on the picture and then, once the name is in the search box, click below on the folders including bio, votes, positions, ratings (from organizations like National Rifle Association for instance, based on the answers to questionnaires the candidate has provided), speeches and funding.
*Vote411.org is a website of the League of Women voters. It has information on state questions as well as individual candidates. All you need do is enter your address into the form and the voter information for your geopolitical location will come up for you to search.
* The internet can be a tremendous resource here. When in doubt, type in the number of the state question or the name of the candidate you’re researching and see what pops up. It’s always best to make sure of the source when you do this, however, to look at this information with a critical eye and be wary of any ‘spin’ provided by organizations or individuals having a particular political agenda.
Do not forget; voting isn’t really a ‘right,’ it’s a privilege and one that should be exercised with all due diligence. Take time to study the candidates, the state questions and issues before voting in this important presidential race next month because better informed voters can produce elected officials and government more likely to represent the views of their constituents and our state.