The future of our environment, educational systems, gay marriage, and women’s health is decided by people we elect. The list of offices to be filled is long, overwhelming when it comes to deciding who to vote for.
The internet has made it easier to cast an informed ballot. Here are a few suggestions.
1) First, be sure what district you live in and the voting location. This can usually be done by Googling “voter guide” for your state. Remember, it may be easier to cast an absentee ballot. The League of Women Voters also lists rules. For example, in North Carolina you do NOT need a photo ID this time, but you will the next.
2) Find the website of an organization that shares your primary concerns. Many organizations, such as the Missouri NEA (National Educational Association) endorse candidates.
environment: http://content.sierraclub.org/voterguide/endorsements. Most endorsements are listed by states.
women’s reproductive rights endorsements: google that or “Planned Parenthood Endorsements” and locate your state or region.
education endorsements 2014: state teachers unions or organizations often keep track of who is education friendly.
workers’ rights , workplace safety, consumer protection: google “aflcio endorsements,” then find your state.
3) I find it especially hard to decide what judges to vote for. They make a lot of important decisions, though. State Bar associations, while not endorsing judges, do evaluate their professionalism. Again, some special interest groups, such as LGBT lawyers or Hispanic lawyers, make endorsements.
4) The following sites are for North Carolina, but each state has similar resources that are easy to find.
If you are concerned about equal rights for gays and lesbians, go to: http://equalitync.org/pac/voterguide2014/index.html
If you are concerned about jobs, workplace safety, workers’ rights: aflcionc.org
Voting isn’t just a privilege. It’s one of the few tools you have for deciding the country’s future.