Triangle voting guides
Sunday, 21 October, 2012 — civics
With the November election in just another couple of weeks, it's past time for me to get ready for early voting. In my last post, I pointed out info regarding early voting and registration info. Hopefully you're already registered. If not, you can register and vote at one stop voting in North Carolina until Nov. 3.
What about selecting candidates? On my ballot, I have 32 offices and one bond referendum to vote for. Twenty one of those offices are contested and of those, only three have a third-party (Libertarian) or unaffiliated candidate. Several judicial races are uncontested. The race for North Carolina attorney general is also uncontested. That's a pretty sad state of affairs, partly related to North Carolina's ballot access policies.
Outside of the presidential races, I have a fair amount of research to do. I use a mix of candidate websites and voting guides.
Checking around today, here's what I found that covers North Carolina broadly, the Triangle or Raleigh:
- UNC TV and North Carolina Center for Voter Education North Carolina Voter Guide
- The News & Observer's Elections section has fact checking and staff-written candidate profiles
- Raleigh Public Record's 2012 Fall Voter Guide
- The Independent Weekly's 2012 Election Voting Guide and Endorsements
- There appear to be a multitude of conservative voter guides available. I haven't looked at them and can't speak for them.
My own approach is going to be breaking up my sample ballot into chunks and researching three or four races a day, instead of trying to get through everything at once.