Voter Guide

How to find out what are on my ballot, who are the candidates, and who to vote for?

Election is very complex in America, and candidate lists can be very long. To be a conscientious voter can take a lot of work.

Sample Ballot

The sample ballot is available from your local county election office website, or from your local county political parties, such as the Democratic or Republican parties. Their websites/Facebook should have the information.

How to get to know the candidates

https://www.vote411.org/ is one of the publicly trusted sites that some of the counties and states have used to guide the voters.

The site is maintained by the League of Women's Voters or LWV, https://www.lwv.org/

Although LWV was started by the Women Suffrage Movement 100 years ago for women's voting right, it has since become one the most publicly trusted non-profit organizations which leads the voter registration effort in the nation.

It publishes resources and voter guide in major cities and major elections on the website of https://www.vote411.org/. Some large cities also have this guide in other languages such as Chinese language. Check out your local LWV chapter for resources and Voter Guide available.

Here is an article from LVW on how to select and research candidates: https://lwvnewton.org/voters-service/how-to-pick-a-candidate/


Other helpful resources

Another well-trusted voter guide and resource site in America is:

Ballotpedia lists federal and state candidates on your ballot, information and links to the candidates. It has extensive information on different elections from local cities to federal elections. Ballotpedia provides a rich resourceful site for voters to learn about American political system and what voter can do to vote wisely.

In addition to read about above Voter Guide and visit candidates' websites or social media pages, we also recommend voters to check out major political organizations, media outlets and grassroots advocacy groups which also publish endorsed candidate lists.

These are the organizations which are experienced in interviewing and researching candidates, screening through their background and qualifications, and provide recommended candidate lists. They also provide reference guides you can use.

For example, if you truly care about public education, then check out American Federation of Teachers, which provides the list of recommended candidates who have been researched on their qualifications and policy platforms to support public education. Here is an example of AFT Texas endorsed candidate list in the state of Texas.

Major advocacy organizations in areas of social issues and causes, such as environment and climate, gun regulation, social justice, women's rights, equality in economic access, etc, have similar stand and publish endorsed candidate lists in important elections including the 2020 Election.

In addition, LWV's article referenced above is a comprehensive guide on how to research candidates.