When you know that an election day is coming up but are unfamiliar with what’s on your ballot or who to vote for, there are a number of ways you can find the information you’re looking for. Often you may want to know what you can do to help a candidate that you’d like to see elected to office. Wisconsin Family Action stands ready to help during election season and all year round. Here is a helpful list of questions with answers that will hopefully provide all you need before you enter your polling place:
Q: How do I find out what is on my ballot?
A: Visit myvote.wi.gov and simply enter your address. You’ll be able to view a sample ballot with all your local and statewide races/referendums.
Q: How do I learn more about a candidate?
A: There are a number of ways to do this –
- Do a “Google” search of the candidate’s name to find out if they have a website. Since most candidates have websites, this will be the best place to find out information about him/her.
- Check Facebook to see if a candidate has a Facebook page. Search for the candidate’s name in your Facebook search bar. Oftentimes if a candidate has a Facebook page it is interactive and you may ask questions of them via a Facebook post.
- If you use Twitter you can search for a candidate to find out if a Twitter account exists. Candidates use Twitter to send out messages, share endorsements and more.
- If you don’t have access to Internet, listen to your local radio station or pick up a newspaper to check for information about a candidate.
- Don’t throw away those flyers and mailers that come to your door. Read them first and determine which candidates appeal most to your core values.
- Talk to friends and family members who are “politically aware.” Glean information from people you trust.
- Attend local forums and debates. These events are free and open to the public.
- If you are unable to attend a forum or debate, check your local community cable station. They frequently host interviews and debates on local races.
- Talk to the candidate. If a candidate shows up at your door, take the time to talk to him or her. Take their literature and ask them questions.
- Be alert for yard signs. Notice where they are placed. If you know the person who has a sign on their property or in their yard, check to see if they are really supporting the candidate or are just letting them borrow yard space.
Q: How can I help a candidate as he/she runs for office?
A: If you would like to assist a candidate in a run for office, here are some helpful ideas:
- Pray for them.
- Offer to drop off literature at homes or other locations.
- Offer to place a sign in your yard.
- Offer to lend financial assistance. Flyers, gas, yard signs all cost a good bit of money.
- Send a note of encouragement.
Q: How do I find out information on absentee voting, election dates and times, polling places, etc.?
A: Wisconsin Family Action has created your Election Central where you can find the answers to these and other questions you may have about voting in Wisconsin. CLICK HERE to access Election Central.