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.
I have found voter guides from different ends of the political spectrum:
- Family Heritage Alliance (I think the PDFs are more accurate than the webpage versions.)
- Equality South Dakota (pro-LGBT).
- Kristin Conzent (R): Vote Smart, Ballotpedia
- Sean McPherson (R): Vote Smart, Ballotpedia
- Susan Kelts (D): Vote Smart, Ballotpedia
- Nik Aberle (D): Vote Smart, Ballotpedia
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Recordings of the candidates’ debates is available from Oct. 13.