The presidential candidates have received most of the attention, as usual, this election season; however, my sample ballot has 16 candidates in 6 races and 10 ballot measures. Here are my main sources for informing my choices on these important, though much less covered, races.
- Project Vote Smart is a non-partisan website that is treasure trove of information. “Vote Smart’s mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to all Americans.”
- Ballotpedia is an “online encyclopedia of American politics and elections” funded by the Lucy Burns Institute, a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. The have articles for every candidate and issue on my ballot, and very helpfully, each article has a Google News Feed search at the bottom.
- To see what races I will encounter in South Dakota, I looked up my sample ballot.
We have 10 ballot measures this year, and researching them has been my main focus so far this election.
- The South Dakota Secretary of State has an official guide to the measures and arguments for and against them.
- SD Democracy In Action is a group of women “committed to informing and energizing voters and creating a climate where progressive candidates are elected.” Whether or not you agree with this mission, I think their upcoming forum on the ballot measures (Oct. 13, 6:30 pm at the Journey Museum) is well worth attending. They also have a guide to their positions on the measures.
- SoDakLiberty is a blog by Ken Santema, who was the Libertarian candidate for South Dakota Treasurer in 2014. Though I disagree with many of his views, I appreciate his thorough and thoughtful research on the measures and candidates.
- Ballotpedia has articles on all of the measures.