As we get closer to Election Day, we librarians have been getting an influx of calls from patrons asking for assistance with information on voting. It can be tough to find information on all the candidates and issues! Here are a few websites we find useful in our searches:
The News Gazette’s Election Coverage website collects information about many of the races on the ballot, including the local races.
Politicians can often have a complicated relationship with the truth. PolitiFact Illinois seeks to analyze their statements and determine whether they are true or false.
Need to know where your polling place is this year? Fancy a look at your sample ballot before you vote? The Champaign County Clerk’s website has you covered!
The State Board of Elections website has lots of information available to the public, including a searchable database of campaign contributions.
Ballotpedia attempts to keep track of all candidates, past and present. You can type in your address and see which candidates are on your sample ballot, get biographical information, and even find out about previous races they’ve won or lost. It doesn’t always have information available for everything, but it’s still a useful resource.
Vote Smart's mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to all Americans.
Know a site not listed here that you think is useful? Have more questions? Give us a call at Adult Reference, 217-367-4405, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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