Our Choices 2016: Candidates

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.

General Sources

  • 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.

State Legislature

I have found voter guides from different ends of the political spectrum:



Public Utilities Commissioner

U. S. Representative

Recordings of the candidates’ debates are available: Oct. 10Oct. 17, Oct. 18, Oct. 20

U. S. Senator

Recordings of the candidates’ debates is available from Oct. 13.

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