Here’s the second of three voter information aggregator websites that my wife asked me to look at:
(2) League of Women Voters
This is the real deal. The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 as an resource to help women make the best use of their new enfranchisement, and is generally recognized as the best-organized and best-funded non-profit advocacy group for the electoral process. League of Women Voters does not endorse candidates, and does not advocate for or against particular political parties, but by adopting a progressive stance on voting rights and social issues, generally finds itself labeled by both conservatives and liberals as a left-leaning organization. (As an aside, it is both revealing and troubling that simple advocacy in favor of the act of casting a ballot is now politicized as leftist. That speaks volumes for how far out of touch with political reality that the radical right has gotten when compared to mainstream, centrist voters).
Of particular interest is Vote411.org, which does attempt to answer the most basic Election Day questions (i.e., “Where do I vote?” and “What’s on the ballot?”)
By virtue of pedigree and organizational longevity, the League of Women Voters is really the gold standard non-governmental provider of voter information and resources, particularly at the national level. At the local level, the quality of information provided for specific elections is dependent on varying levels of volunteer participation, candidate engagement with the League of Women Voters, and local government cooperation. If the local water district election is flying under everyone’s radar, it’s probably an election that the local chapter of the League of Women Voters doesn’t have any information about either.