The new features allows voters to see where their poling place is, see the races on their ballot, and do a side-by-side comparison of candidates.
Voters can build their own ballot with a new web-based system set up by the League of Women Voters of Delaware. By typing in their address, voters can see the races on their ballot. Biographical data and responses to a League questionnaire can be compared side-by-side, and voters may print out a sample ballot indicating their preferences as a reminder to take to the polls on Election Day. Approximately half of the 149 candidates running for office in the state have responded.
To access the system, visit www.VOTE411.org, click on “On Your Ballot,” put in your address, and see the candidates who will appear on your ballot. All candidates are listed, whether they have responded or not.
It is possible to see all the candidates in the state by going to “Voting in Your State,” for Delaware. That link takes you to a “one-stop-shop” for election related information. By clicking on “Candidates” and going to the bottom of the Delaware page, you can find a link to all the races in the state. Or, clicking on “candidates” will bring up all the candidates in all the states in the system in alphabetical order.
As this is the first year for this new system, GIS data in the proper format for County Council [Levy Court in Kent] districts was not available, so voters will see all the council or Levy Court candidates in their county. The LWVDE is seeking needed data files so that this can be corrected and voters will be able to see Council or Levy Court candidates for their specific district before Nov. 2.
An important component of VOTE411.org is the polling place locator, which enables users to type in their address and retrieve the poll location for their own voting precinct. The League has found that this is among the most sought after information in the immediate days leading up to, and on, Election Day.
In addition to the Delaware candidates’ information, VOTE411.org provides access to nonpartisan information such as:
VOTE411.org was launched by the Education Fund of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. in 2006. This is the first year that state and local Leagues have been able to provide candidates the ability to add their own information.
There are three local Leagues in Delaware, one serving each county, in addition to the hundreds of state and local Leagues nationwide. The League of Women Voters is strictly nonpartisan; it neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. The League makes a difference at every level of government because of the energy and passion of thousands of members around the country who work together to safeguard our democracy.
For membership information for the LWV, visit www.de.lwv.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org, mentioning which county you wish to join.